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Mitch Lucas

Mitch Lucas

Mitch Lucas is the assistant sheriff of Charleston County, South Carolina. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and came to South Carolina by way of the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Lucas is a 30-year veteran of South Carolina law enforcement, beginning his career in 1983 with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997, Mr. Lucas became the public information officer for Sheriff Al Cannon and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Five years later, he was promoted to major, overseeing the Administrative Services Division. In 2005, he was again promoted, this time to the rank of chief deputy, and became the jail administrator, a position he still says is the best job he ever had. Mr. Lucas then became the assistant sheriff of the largest sheriff’s office in South Carolina, with 950 employees, an annual budget of close to $70 million, a 2,100-bed jail, and full primary law enforcement capabilities, as well as support services to other local agencies. Charleston County has long been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and in 2013, the jail attained American Correctional Association accreditation, which allowed Sheriff Cannon to receive the Triple Crown Award from the National Sheriffs Association.

Mr. Lucas is also currently the president of the American Jail Association, where he has worked on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulations, and other important corrections-related legislation. He has presented at a number of state and national conferences and served as a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections. Mr. Lucas has received a number of professional awards, including being named the 2012 Jail Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association.