By Karen Kissiah
March 6, 2014
Maj. James Dixon is seeking the Democratic nomination for sheriff of Chesterfield County in the June 10 primary election.
Dixon is currently taking a temporary leave of absence from his position with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office to run for sheriff.
“Service, commitment, and integrity,” said Dixon, are the qualities that epitomize an accomplished leader. Qualities, Dixon and his supporters believe, define his life.
Dixon resides in Cheraw with his wife Patricia and their children, Chris and Jasmine. They attend Pee Dee Union Baptist Church, where Dixon is a trustee, usher and lifetime member.
“For more than 26 years, I have worked in law enforcement and dedicated my life to serve and protect the citizens of this community,” said Dixon. “I will work vigilantly to ensure that truth and justice will be the guiding principles for the department.”
Dixon’s career in law enforcement has taken him through the ranks, having served in several capacities. As chief deputy he was an assistant to the sheriff and responsible for the administration of the department. Dixon oversaw all hiring and payroll processing and worked closely with county government.
As a major, Dixon handled personnel management; supervised, and enforced, all standard operating procedures.
Dixon managed daily operations as a captain. During that time he answered complaints from the public, ensured all officers were trained and capable and maintained personnel files.
As a sergeant, Dixon supervised patrol deputies, carried out warrants service, prisoner transportation and law enforcement duties as assigned.
Dixon attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and is trained as a narcotics investigator. He was the first narcotics officer to serve the city of Bennettsville, where he maintained a 98 percent conviction rate for all cases made.
In 2013, Dixon completed the South Carolina Commander’s School.
Dixon is a 1983 graduate of Cheraw High School. He is the district protection officer for Cheraw Rotary Club and Worshipful Master of St. Davis Lodge 467. He serves the Board of Trustees for the YMCA, and is vice-chairman for the Board of Directors of American Marine Institute (AMI) Kids for Camp Sand Hills.