T.J. Joye enters Florence County sheriff’s race
FLORENCE, S.C. – Lake City resident T.J. Joye, football coach and athletic director at The Carolina Academy, has joined the race for Florence County sheriff, bringing 30 years of law enforcement experience.
He filed to run for sheriff on Dec. 5, according to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission website.
Joye, an Olanta native, served six years in the Army National Guard in the 1980s and was part of the 132nd Military Police Company. He started working as a deputy with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 before joining the South Carolina Highway Patrol in February 1988. Joye was a South Carolina Highway Patrol supervisor for several years and retired in 2014 as lieutenant and executive officer for Troop 5.
Troop 5 includes Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, Dillon, Marion, Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties.
Running for sheriff is something Joye said he always wanted to do. He prayed about it, was patient and said he now wants to put his ideas into place.
Joye said the patrol division and investigations should be the main priorities of the office so that it serves the public more efficiently.
“My key is, I want to enhance the patrol division,” Joye said. “Have more deputies (and) boots on the ground, enhance the pay rate, get them more money.”
The Florence County Sheriff’s Office has lacked a sufficient number of deputies on the road, and that needs to be worked on, Joye said.
“I think they’re doing the best they can,” he said. “And to be honest with you, as far as the patrol division, they’re swamped. From the time I left the sheriff’s office to now, we only have two deputies on the lower end. It needs to be enhanced. There needs to be more deputies for calls.”
Quicker response times and property checks are things Joye said he would also like to see improved within the sheriff’s office because of the rise in crimes.
Joye is a lifelong resident of Florence County and has been married to Ginger Carter Joye for 27 years. They have two sons, Carter and Matthew. Joye now works at The Carolina Academy in Lake City as head of security, athletic director and high school football coach.
For more information about Joye or his campaign, send an email to email@example.com, go to the T.J. Joye for Sheriff Facebook page or call Joye at 843-687-4857.
The election for Florence County sheriff will be held on Nov. 4, 2020.