- Associated Press - Sunday, March 19, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The new Greenville County sheriff says he’ll start a citizen advisory board what he hopes will help create a more transparent department.

The Greenville News reports (https://grnol.co/2naBuQ0) that Sheriff Will Lewis says the board is designed to serve as a liaison between the community and office.

Lewis said Friday that the board will focus on topics such as crime prevention, budget, staffing and quality of life issues.

But one community activist, former deputy Paul Guy, says Lewis needs to go a step further and establish an independent oversight committee to review the actions of deputies. The city of Greenville has a public oversight board.

Lewis took office Jan. 3 after defeating longtime Sheriff Steve Loftis.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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