By ROXANNE CORDONIER
Former Greenville County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant Paul Guy is the only Democrat running for sheriff and will face off on March 10 against Hobart Lewis.
Guy wants to be the “people’s Sheriff,” vowing greater transparency and community involvement. He pledges to create a Citizen Review Board to hold the Sheriff’s office accountable.
After being terminated from the Sheriff’s department in 1999, Paul Guy became a community activist. He founded Race Matters, which, according to his website, is a coalition of community agencies, including PRISMA Health, Furman University, and Greenville Forward, to study race relations in Greenville County. Guy also created a youth conflict initiative designed to decrease the levels of violence in our schools and community. Guy advocated for intervention strategies that define violence as a health issue not a law enforcement issue.
Paul Guy is a graduate of Berea College and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Paul Guy advocates for intelligence-led policing that connects strategic intelligence analysis with the core principles of community policing to solve problems and create public value in neighborhoods. The intelligence-led approach employs the precepts of community policing: accountability, transparency, impartiality, and clear communication. As Sheriff, Guy would establish an external grievance policy process and would give deputies more of a say in establishing new policies and procedures.
For more information on Paul Guy or to donate to his campaign http://paulguyforsheriff.com/