Kenneth Bamberg makes history as Bamberg County’s first African-American sheriff

by jovan1984

Bamberg — History was made in Bamberg County last week.

During a swearing-in ceremony, Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Bamberg officially became the first African-American sheriff of the county. The county formed in 1897.

The 57-year-old took the oath of office on January 5.

“We’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: accountability and responsibility. We’re going to enforce the law and be fair, firm and consistent. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, who your family is, doesn’t matter,” said Sheriff Bamberg moments after taking office.

“We are in the law enforcement business and that is what we’re going to do.”

He took over after Ed Darnell did not seek re-election. Darnell was the county’s sheriff from 1979 until January 4.

“I’m thankful to lead their office because it’s not Kenny Bamberg’s office, this office belongs to the people of Bamberg County and we’re going to protect and serve,” he continued.

“It’s going to be a rough road. There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s a process,” said Sheriff Bamberg.

“I’ve been reminded daily that this is not going to be a sprint, it’s going to be a marathon,” he added.

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