Chief Russell F. Roark, III –
Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark, III, began his law enforcement career when he joined the
South Carolina Highway Patrol in 1982. He worked in the Midlands throughout his career, achieving
the rank of Colonel in 2003. During his tenure as Colonel he was pivotal in implementing several
programs, including the creation of the Victim Services Unit. Chief Roark retired from the Highway
Patrol in 2008.
After retiring, he worked for Ward Services as a government contractor before joining the Sumter
Police Department as Deputy Chief in December of 2009. He was sworn in as Chief of Police of the
Sumter Police Department in September 2011. Chief Roark’s policing philosophies are to improve the
quality of life through intelligence lead policing while developing partnerships within the community.
He is an advocate for the well-being of his employees, works to improve their quality of life, and strives
to foster employee development through mentorship and training.
Chief Roark is a graduate of St. Leo University, the South Carolina Executive Institute, and the FBI
National Academy and was the 2006 recipient of the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.
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