Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is all smiles as he throws candy to the crowd at Chapin's Labor Day Parade in Chapin, in 2010.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts at the Chapin Labor Day parade and celebration in September 2012.
Gov. David Beasley, left, and James Metts wave to the crowd after Metts announced that he will not be running against Gov. Beasley for the office of govenor Saturday, May 16, 1998, at the South Carolina Republican Convention in Columbia, S.C. Metts supports Beasley for re-election.
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"Enough is enough!" shouted Lexington County Sheriff Jimmy Metts in 2012 as state and local law officers opened a crusade to stop spiking road deaths, many caused by drunk drivers. To Metts' left, parents of Emma Longstreet, killed Jan. 1 by a suspected drunk, hold her photo.
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James Metts with the late Harry Harman in a 2012 photo from Harman's campaign. Both longtime office holders were re-elected to four year terms that year.
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Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, and Lexington County Sheriff James Metts greet each other as they arrive at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to take part in the funeral services for former Lexington County coroner Harry Harman on April 22, 2014.
From left, Forest Acres Police Chief M.E. Shealy, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts and Attorney General Alan Wilson try to outwit the cobblestones on Lincoln Street as they make their way through the Vista during “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” in Columbia's Vista area on April 12, 2012. Men wore high heels and walked about seven blocks in support of the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.
Lexington Sheriff James Metts shakes hands during the Labor Day parade in Chapin on Sept. 2, 2013.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, left, and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott share a laugh before the start of "Walk In Her Shoes" in Columbia's Vista area on April 12, 2012.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson walk up Main Street in April 2014 during the fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, a fundraiser to benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.
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From the fourth annual Sheriff James R. Metts Fishing Tournament for children ages 6 to 17, in 2012. Pictured, left to right, on the bottom row: Nevaeh Barnhardt, Kennez Barnhardt and Jonathon Hodges. On the back row, left to right: Deputy Stacey Gadson, Sheriff James R. Metts and House of Praise Bishop Darrell E. Croft.
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Lexington County Sheriff James Metts waves to the crowd from the back of a classic Cadillac Eldorado convertible in the Okra Strut Parade in September 2012.