ABBEVILLE, SC – The Abbeville County Office of Elections and Voter Registration has finalized the dates for filing and election of a new sheriff.
According to Kim London, director of elections and voter registration for Abbeville County, the filing for the special election will run from Feb.1 through Feb. 11. The primary elections will be held March 26, with the special election taking place on May 14.
The special election became necessary after long-time sheriff Charles Goodwin resigned the position just hours before the Attorney General’s office announced his indictment by a grand jury for misconduct in office. Goodwin pleaded guilty to that charge last Friday and received five years probation, 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $4,445 in restitution.
No candidates have declared their intention to run for the office as of Tuesday afternoon. Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley is currently serving as sheriff until such time that Governor Haley appoints an interim sheriff who will serve until after the special election. Multiple sources tell GwdToday that Haley may not appoint an interim sheriff. If no appointment is made, Ashley will continue to serve until the special election is completed. The Governor’s office did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the situation.