Chief Roark joined 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.
Prior to coming to the Sumter Police Department, Chief Roark served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for more than twenty-six years. He retired as Colonel of the Highway Patrol in May 2008, a post he had held since June 2003. Upon his retirement he worked in the private sector as a consultant with Ward Services in Columbia, South Carolina.
Degrees and Accomplishments
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University
2005 Graduate, South Carolina Executive Institute
FBI National Academy, 184th Session
2006 Recipient Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
A native of Sumter, Colonel Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris College, and was commissed as an Officer in the United States Army. He is also a graduate of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy.
After completing the SC Criminal Justice Academy in 2004, Lyons was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division, providing initial response to calls for service and addressing community safety needs.
In 2007, Lyons achieved the rank of Detective, serving in the Investigative Services Division where he was responsible for investigating felony and serious misdemeanor crimes. Since his promotion to Lieutenant in 2015, Lyons has been assigned to various supervisory roles including Lieutenant of Special Investigations and Patrol Lieutenant.
Lyons was promoted to Investigative Services Division Captain in 2023. As division Commander, Lyons oversees criminal investigations, juvenile matters, forensics/polygraph/crime scene, warrants, and School Resource Officers.
Captain Lyons holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from USC Aiken.
As the commander of Special Operations, Captain Evans oversees and manages Training, Research & Professional Development, and Fleet & Facility Management.
As Commander of this division, Captain Singleton oversees four Patrol shifts responsible for 24/7 police response to calls for service, Traffic Division, K9 Unit, Animal Control, and School Crossing Guards.
Captain Singleton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University and is a 2018 graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development program.
Having started as a Corporal in what was then the department’s Crime Prevention Unit, he now heads the unit which has broadened its scope and responsibilities to become the Community Services Unit.
Through his leadership, the Community Services Unit assists the agency in building community relationships by strategically coordinating ways to address grassroots issues, disseminate information of public interest, and build goodwill in the community.