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Darrin Yarborough to run for Florence County sheriff

April 4, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Darrin Yarborough, a major with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office , will announce his candidacy this morning to run for Florence County sheriff.

“I am running because Florence County needs a sheriff who puts the needs of citizens first and will work to create safer communities and build stronger ties,” Yarborough said in a media advisory. “For the past three decades, I have dedicated my life to law enforcement and building strong bonds with community members. I’m ready to take that experience to the Sheriff’s Office and put all residents of Florence County first.”

He added that when he looked at the leadership in the sheriff’s office, he felt Florence County deserved better. Yarborough also said he has the leadership skills that the voters will be looking for.

The current sheriff of Florence County is Republican Kenney Boone. Boone has been serving as sheriff since he was elected in 2004. Boone and T.J. Joye are among the candidates who have declared their intentions to run for the office.

Among his priorities, Yarborough, who will run as a Democrat, said he will work to improve public safety, upgrade technology and equipment, manage tax dollars and resources wisely and restore trust to the sheriff’s office.

The 2020 campaign will be Yarborough’s first time running for office.

Yarborough is a lifelong Florence County resident with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. As a major with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, he is responsible for the patrol division, investigations and narcotics. He also serves as the point of contact for the Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville.

Yarborough started his career in law enforcement in 1993 when he began as a correctional officer at the Florence City-County Complex.

From there he joined the city of Florence’s police department in 1995 before becoming a deputy with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He rose through the ranks, starting as a patrol deputy and ending his service on the command staff as the deputy director for the Florence County Detention Center.

Yarborough, a graduate of West Florence High School, lives in Effingham with his wife, Sonya. He has two daughters, Demetria and Ashley, and four grandchildren.

Yarborough will launch his campaign at 10 a.m. today at Bazen’s Family Restaurant at 704 S. Irby St.