Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner joined Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1983 as a patrol deputy. He went on to serve as a shift lieutenant before being promoted to captain of the former Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Division. He went on to oversee the Civil Process and Family Court divisions prior to being promoted to major over the Uniform Services Divisions. In January 2011, Gardner was promoted to chief deputy. In this position, he oversees the daily operations of the sheriff’s office and serves as the primary point of contact to the community. Chief Deputy Gardner is a graduate of St Leo University and holds a master’s degree from Troy State University.
Major Terrance R. Colclough, Commander of Operations, joined Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a patrol deputy. Since coming to the sheriff’s office, Maj. Colclough worked his way up through the ranks from deputy sheriff to captain of Patrol and Special Operations. Along the way, he took on additional responsibilities such as serving as a Community Oriented Policing Officer and a School Resource Officer. As operations major, he oversees Patrol Division, Civil Process and Family Court Divisions, Fleet Management and the Sheriff Emergency Response Tactical Team (SERT Team). He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Benedict College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University. In 2011, Maj. Colclough graduated from the FBI National Academy — becoming one of six in the history of Sumter County Sheriff’s Office to do so. Maj. Colclough is a faithful member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. He is also a member of multiple civic organizations and is a member of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity Inc.
Major Randall Stewart is a 10-year veteran of Sumter County Sheriff's Office volunteer Reserve Program, former criminal and arson investigator and former special agent with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a separate certification in Homeland Security from Saint Leo University. During his overall career, he has been involved in every type of criminal investigation at the local and state level. Maj. Stewart served as a Class III Reserve Deputy assisting patrol with traffic enforcement, property checks, road safety checks and functions with the alcohol enforcement team for 10 years prior to joining the agency full-time.
As major of operations, Maj. Stewart supervises the Investigations Division, Narcotics Division, Crime Scene and Forensics Division and Professional Standards Division, and will assist in the creation of the new Intelligence Unit.
Maj. Stewart served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and completed four combat tours, assisting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve. He pursued a full-time position at Sumter County Sheriff's Office after retiring from the Air Force in 2015.
Outside of law enforcement, Stewart is a volunteer mentor for the South Carolina Royal Rangers boy's ministry program and serves as a trustee on the board for the First Assembly of God Church in Sumter.
General Counsel Kathy Ward has been employed as in-house general counsel for Sumter County Sheriff’s Office since March 2011. Prior to joining the sheriff’s staff, she served as chief magistrate for Sumter County and Lee County. Ms. Ward was first appointed as a Sumter County magistrate in September 2002, becoming chief magistrate in January 2003. In October 2009, Chief Justice Toal asked her to take on additional duties as the interim Lee County chief magistrate.
Ms. Ward has a history of public service in Sumter County dating back to the early 1980s when she was on the planning staff of Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and later served as a planner with the Sumter City-County Planning Commission before attending law school. While in the private practice of law, she served as Sumter County Attorney and as general counsel for Economic Development Board. Over the course of her career, she has gained significant experience in personnel management, labor and employment law; land use law; budgeting and administration; fund management; economic development; contract review and negotiation; legislative processes; law enforcement policy, procedure development and training; constitutional law; civil litigation; and criminal prosecution.
Ms. Ward has taught paralegal classes at Sumter Technical College (now CCTC) and has also taught a number of continuing education classes for magistrates and law enforcement officers. Ms. Ward is actively involved with the South Carolina Sheriffs' Association and is a regular instructor for various training classes offered by the association.
Ms. Ward was born in Sumter but grew up on air force bases throughout the United States and in France before returning to South Carolina after her father’s retirement. Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is the mother of two sons and has three grandchildren. She attends Aldersgate Methodist Church.
Mrs. Felisha Dukes joined Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 2006 as a secretary in the Civil Process Division. In 2007, she advanced in her civilian career as the executive administrative assistant to Sheriff Anthony Dennis. Mrs. Dukes has almost 15 years of professional experience in all administrative tasks to include: project and event planning, business development presentations and organizational structure. She has also received multiple awards for civilian of the year since her employment with Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Born and raised in Sumter County, Mrs. Dukes was educated in the public schools of former Sumter School District 2, graduating with honors from Crestwood High School in the top 5 percent of her class. She is also a graduate of Saint Leo University and holds a master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Her contributions and continued commitment to her career have made her a pillar in Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter community.
In 2014, Mrs. Dukes was honored and recognized by the Social Justice Consortium as one of Sumter's top 50 Women of Excellence. She was also inducted into Lakewood High School's National Technical Honor Society as an honorary member in 2014, where she encourages students to build bridges and assists them with favorable opportunities that are instrumental in shaping them in to productive citizens for the workforce and the future of Sumter County.
In addition to her duties as an executive administrative assistant, Mrs. Dukes also volunteers and is active in many organizations in the community. She is a board member of: Sumter County Sheriff's Office Boys and Girls Youth Inc., Women and Wives Behind the Badges of Sumter County, Lakewood High School Improvement Council and Daughters of Angels. She has participated and volunteered with I Slay Fitness, Sumter Feeds My Starving Children and Sumter County Sheriff's Office Gospel Choir.