SHERIFF JOHN SKIPPER
Sheriff John Skipper serves as the Sheriff of Anderson County, South Carolina. In that capacity, Sheriff Skipper is an elected constitutional officer, and the chief law enforcement officer for Anderson County. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest Sheriff Offices in the State of South Carolina. With over 400 employees, the Anderson County sheriff’s Office is far more than just law enforcement and deputies patrolling the county as many might think. While Law enforcement is a vital and core component of what we do, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office also operates other vital functions for the county such as, the Detention Center, Investigative Services, Emergency Services, Court Security, Civil Process, Animal Control, and Community Outreach, just to name a few.
Sheriff Skipper’s Executive Assistant/HR Director is Jan Robison. Part of the Executive Assistant’s duties includes keeping track of the Sheriff’s appointment schedule, and the recruitment and selection of personnel suitable for Law Enforcement and Detention Center careers. Jan Robinson's Administrative Assistant is Eveline Moss.
Sheriff John Skipper’s law enforcement career spans over 4 decades. He began his law enforcement career in 1972 with the Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Skipper was a part of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for almost 16 years, plus has been an instructor at Tri-County Technical College.
In 2008 John Skipper ran for the office of Sheriff of Anderson County. Sheriff Skipper was successful in both the Republican Primary in June, and was endorsed by the citizens of Anderson County with his election in November of 2008. In November of 2012 Sheriff Skipper was elected to a second term in office.
Since assuming office Sheriff Skipper has implemented a number of policy changes to accomplish the task of improved protection of the citizens of Anderson County. These include dividing the county into four zones or regions, with each zone/region assigned a captain that lives in that region. Instead of having deputies patrolling the entire county, this regional concept allows those deputies and captain to be more aware in the issues and needs of a more manageable area.
The Sheriff’s Office has taken over several Anderson County departments that traditionally have fallen under the domain of the Sheriff. These include the Emergency Services Division and Homeland Security. The Emergency Services division works in emergency preparedness and response plus provides specific logistics and support for various law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies in the county. The Unified 911 center is under Emergency Services, as is the County’s Emergency Operations Center. Also, now a part of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, is the Detention Center, Building Security, and Animal Control.
Sheriff John Skipper’s educational background includes: Rowan Technical Institute, Salisbury, NC (AS in Applied Science), SC Criminal Justice Academy, and over 1,600 hours of continuous law enforcement education. His professional experience includes the Synergy Group, Inc. where he was President of Security for Industry, Business and Families.
Sheriff Skipper served the Anderson County Sheriff’s office in the past as the Captain of Support Services (1996-2004), and the Captain of Investigations (1989-1996). Prior to his time in Anderson County, Sheriff Skipper served in the Richland County Sheriff's Office. His experience in Richland County included Lieutenant assigned to Administrative Captain of Uniformed Patrol (1987-1988), Lieutenant of Investigations (1986-1987) Investigator (1974-1986), and Uniformed Patrol (1972-1973).
In addition to his law enforcement background, Sheriff Skipper has been an Instructor at Tri-County Technical College (1990-2008), a firearms instructor for SLED Security and SC State Constables certification, and concealed weapons permit instructor. He is married to his wife, Judy, and has one son, Chandler, and is a member and Deacon of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, SC.