Charleston County Sheriff James Alton Cannon, Jr.
James Alton Cannon, Jr., is the elected Sheriff of Charleston County. He was first elected Sheriff in February 1988. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state of South Carolina, employing over 900 people. In 2006, he retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves at the rank of Colonel after 29 years of service.
In his last assignment, he served as Reserve Commander of the 3rd. He became recognized by his peers as an expert in counterterrorism. Cannon also served 4 years on active duty as a Russian translator stationed at Templehof Air Base, West Berlin during the height of the Cold War. Sheriff Cannon is credited with successfully merging the Charleston County Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1991.
Sheriff Cannon spoke on the history of the 2nd Amendment and the role of the law enforcement at our West Columbia center on October 24th and the Greenville Center on October 25th. He gave a brief history of the 2nd Amendment and why it was added to the Constitution. Then there was an in depth conversation on the civil rights, protection and the role of the government. Sheriff Cannon also touched the crime related issues and the roots of societal problems that may not find adequate attention in public sphere. These include but not limited to suicide attempts, drug overdose, and domestic violence.