Florence County sheriff candidate Frizell Moore wants to rebuild community, respect with citizens
LAKE CITY, S.C. – Lake City native Frizell Moore said he has protected foreign and domestic locations all of his life, from his time in the U.S. Army to his career with the federal government. And as one of several people who have announced campaigns to run for Florence County sheriff, Moore said he wants to rebuild the community and respect that should be present between the sheriff’s office and all citizens of the county.
Moore, a graduate of Lake City High School and South Carolina State College, works as a deputy for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in Conyers, Georgia. But he previously served in the National Guard in Florence and then active duty in the U.S. Army. He said he was in the military police corps and served in various capacities.
Following Moore’s six years in the Army, he briefly worked for a year with the Atlanta Braves before joining the College Park Police Department in Georgia. He worked in College Park for three years.
“Then I went federal for 21-22 years,” Moore said. “And encompassing my federal time, I was a federal police officer. I was a supervisor, federal air marshal, program manager and then commander. And I held that title until I retired in April of 2018.”
Moore said there are many issues within Florence County and the sheriff’s office that have been brought to his attention.
“And I felt it was time to come home and make a difference to the city of Lake City and to the county which I was raised and grew up in, to help make a difference for the better for our community and the citizens in this county,” Moore said.
He said he has heard of crime victims being “victim-shamed” and not getting the responses they felt they should have received, and the leadership has not given Florence County residents what they deserve.
“Because it’s the citizens of the county that pay our salary,” Moore said. “And we as law enforcement agencies need to be responsible and accountable for the dollars that are spent for the sheriff’s office to ensure that we give them the quality of care that they deserve, of service that they deserve.”
If elected as sheriff, Moore said he wants to be transparent so that the citizens are aware of what is going on in the office “as it pertains to incidents that involves our deputies or any other thing that they’re called upon and there need to be an answer for.”
According to Moore, he has overseen $256 million dollars annually in contracts for the federal government and has had his own budget of $3.5 million dollars that he had to cover. That is something he said sets him apart from others, and he wants to ensure there is a fiscal responsibility within the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
“We still need to raise salaries for these deputies that put their life on the line daily and aren’t compensated for it,” Moore said. “And to retain those experienced deputies, you’re going to have to have some incentive plans to make sure that is covered.”
Moore said he knows everyone comes with experience, but it is discipline, character, leadership, integrity and character that he thinks the Florence County Sheriff’s Office can use more of. Law enforcement is tough, Moore said. Officers put their lives on the line, and he said he wants to make sure they are given the tools to ensure they make it home.
“We also need to rebuild the relationships with our local, county and state, as well as federal, law enforcement families, because it’s been strained for some time,” Moore said. “So it’s time to bring everybody together and work together for the common goal of keeping the cities, the counties and the state and all of our constituents safe.”
Moore’s campaign is planning a kickoff celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on May 25 at the Ronald E. McNair monument beside the library in Lake City. Donations can be sent to the campaign by mail to P.O. Box 416 Lake City, S.C. 29560 or through Cash App and PayPal.