Profile: Dr. Gary Metts
Dr. Gary Metts is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Charleston Southern
University. He is a graduate of St. Leo University with a bachelor's degree in criminal
justice. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Troy University,
an additional 18 hours over his master's in criminal justice from St. Leo University
and a doctorate in business administration with a specialization in criminal justice
from Northcentral University. He was selected to attend and graduated from the National
FBI Academy in 2000. Less than one percent of all law enforcement personnel nationwide
are selected to attend this prestigious training.
Dr. Metts retired from law enforcement in 2013 to pursue his goal of becoming a full-time university professor. He retired from the Sumter, S.C., County Sheriff's Office as a Lt. Colonel. He was a police officer for 30 years and is well-known to many law enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina. He served in the United States Air Force as a narcotic/bomb K-9 Police Officer from 1984 to 1991. During this time he augmented the U.S. Secret Service for four years in protection of the President of the United States on an Advance Team. He became a member of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 1991 and served in many different positions from patrol officer, DARE program, to undercover sale to minors. He worked his way through the ranks starting as a Deputy, and in 2000 he was promoted to Captain of Administration overseeing day-to-day operations and was later promoted to Major. In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel and oversaw the Sheriff's Office budget, purchasing, legal issues, employment, grants, department policy, technology, sex offender program and public concerns. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina and Saint Leo University.