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Salley Police Chief announces bid for Aiken County Sheriff in 2020

January 26, 2019

The current chief of the Salley Police Department has decided to throw his hat into the ring in a bid to run against current Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt in the 2020 election.

Salley Police Chief Jarrod Goldman announced his intent to run for Aiken County Sheriff on Jan. 9.

Goldman is a fourth generation native of Aiken County, having grown up in Windsor and now residing in Wagener.

His decision to run was spurred by residents in rural areas of Aiken County saying they don’t get the policing they deserve from the Sheriff’s Office.

“I believe a lot of the rural areas around the county are not getting the services they should because of population growth in the area over the years,” Goldman said. “Drugs and people drinking while driving are also big issues in the outer areas of Aiken County. I want to fix these issues.”

Goldman wants to help make the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office an agency the entire community respects.

“There are currently nine zones in Aiken County, and I want to put one deputy per zone,” he said. “Those deputies would work their specific zone, get to know the people and the area.”

This kind of zone policing is an idea Goldman got from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, which he said has been “very successful” overall.

Goldman also said he wants to see “increased, more productive narcotics enforcement.”

“Drugs have become a bad problem and ongoing issue for police around the U.S., this includes law enforcement Aiken County,” Goldman said. “I want to have better teams working together to get drugs off our streets quicker. I also want to increase case closure clearance rates.”

Goldman claims, in 2017, only a small percentage of the cases picked up by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office were cleared.

“I have many ideas and tricks I’ve learned over my career, which deputies can learn through more training,” he said. “Properly trained deputies can only benefit a police agency. Plus, a better-prepared, more focused team is better for the community they are policing and protecting.”

After graduating from Wagener-Salley High School, Goldman went to work in construction with his father, Jerry, and in 2003, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006 and was honorably discharged in November 2006.

In 2012, Goldman was hired by the Town of Salley as a police officer and during this time he graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and was certified as a Class 1 police officer.

He then took a job with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office for a short time before transitioning over to the Town of Ridge Spring in Augusta 2013, where he took the job of police chief.

In November 2015, Goldman came full circle when he was named police chief for Salley.

Hunt became the 18th sheriff in Aiken County in May 2003.

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