Interim Chair, Criminal Justice and Director of the Graduate Program
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership
Dr. Gary Metts is a retired Lt. Colonel of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina. He has been a police officer for 30 years and is well known to many law enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina.
Metts has aslo served in the United States Air Force as narcotic/bomb K-9 Police Officer from 1984 to 1991. During this time he augmented the US Secret Service for four years in protection of the President of the United States on an Advance Team for President Reagan and President Bush.
Metts became a member of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 and has 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 when he was promoted to Captain of Administration over seeing day to day operations and later promoted to Major. In January 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel overseeing the sheriff’s office budget, purchasing, legal issues, employment, grants, department policy, technology, sex offender program, and public concerns. He has won numerous local, state and national awards during his time in law enforcement.
In 2013 Metts retired from law enforcement to pursue his goal to become a fulltime professor in a university. In 2013 he was hired by Charleston Southern University as an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department.
Metts earned his bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University and his Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University. Metts served as an adjunct professor for criminal justice at the University of South Carolina and Saint Leo University.
Dr. Metts was selected to attend and graduating from the National FBI Academy in 2000 which less than 1% of all law enforcement nationwide are selected to attend this most prestigious training.
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