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MANSFIELD -- Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Leslie E. Horner Jr. has been hired as the School Resource Officer at Crestview for the 2019-20 school year.

Horner graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 2006 and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps that same year. He served in the military for eight years. Horner graduated from NCState Police Academy in May of 2018 and was hired by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office after his graduation.

Deputy Leslie E. Horner Jr.

Deputy Leslie E. Horner Jr.

Superintendents from Crestview, Madison and Lucas schools interviewed Horner for the position. Superintendent Randy Dunlap selected Deputy Horner for the position as all three superintendents agreed that he would be a good fit for the position.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the Crestview Schools Board of Education entered into an agreement with the Richland County Board of Commissioners for the position. Crestview Schools will pay 100 percent of the deputy’s wages for the school year except when students are not in session. The Richland County Commissioners have agreed to pay for the deputy’s wages when not assigned to the school.

Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon said his office has always had a great relationship with Superintendent Randy Dunlap and Crestview Schools. Deputy Gary Kiener will continue to teach D.A.R.E. at Crestview.

There are now SROs at Madison and Crestview Schools.

Sheldon said the Sheriff’s Office would like to see SROs in all county schools, under the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, in the near future.

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