Suspended Florence Co. sheriff, former Marion police officer’s certifications in jeopardy

Suspended Florence Co. sheriff, former Marion police officer’s certifications in jeopardy
Left: Kenney Boone Right: Stephen Sutton

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The certifications of two law enforcement officers in the Pee Dee could be temporarily suspended.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council will discuss and vote on certification suspension requests for suspended Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone and former Marion police officer Stephen Sutton during a meeting on Monday.

The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy was notified that Boone was arrested by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in April.

He was indicted by a grand jury with two counts of embezzlement and one count of misconduct in office.

Boone is accused of using both county and federal funds allocated to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use.

Due to the indictment, Gov. Henry McMaster has suspended Boone from office. Former Florence County Sheriff William C. “Billy” Barnes has been appointed to serve in the interim.

Sutton was arrested in early May for second-degree domestic violence. He resigned from his position with the Marion Police Department days later.

If the council votes to suspend their certifications, the suspensions will be in effect until the criminal charge(s) is resolved.

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