Kevin R. Tolson, Sheriff

Sheriff Kevin R. Tolson currently is the 34th person to serve as Sheriff of York County having been elected to the position in November, 2016.

Sheriff Kevin R. Tolson graduated from Northwestern High School in 1987 and then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 1992.

After graduation, Sheriff Tolson began his law enforcement career as a uniformed patrol deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Office. In eight years, Sheriff Tolson worked in the narcotics unit, served as a member of a federally funded Violent Crimes Task Force and as a detective in the Crimes Against Person Unit; investigating violent crimes such as serious assaults, robberies and murders within the county.

In 2000 Sheriff Tolson left the YCSO to become a Special Agent for the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigating forgeries of state documents, public corruption, officer misconduct and homicides. In addition, Tolson’s duties at SLED provided law enforcement support during major events within the state, including: rallies, motorcycle events and major weather events such as hurricanes.

In 2001, Sheriff Tolson returned to York County to work as a special investigator for the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. During his tenure, he formed the York County Multi-Jurisdictional Forensic Service Unit serving as Director from 2002-2009. Tolson continued to work as an investigator with the Solicitor’s Office providing investigative assistance to attorneys and staff in the prosecution of cases ranging from minor offenses to murder, helping to move those cases through the adjudication phase.

Aside from Law Enforcement, Sheriff Tolson is involved with a large number of community organizations. Tolson is a board member with the York County United Way, serving on various committees including Campaign Chair in 2014 and 2015. Tolson is also a graduate of the York County Regional Chamber's Leadership York County (LYCO), serving on the planning council since 1997, acting as council chairperson, as well as alumni reunion chair. Tolson served on the Hunter Street Elementary School Improvement Council. Tolson is also an ambassador for the advocacy group called, "# 1 Question - is it good for the children".

Sheriff Tolson and family gladly attend and serve at Trinity United Methodist Church. He is married to Beth Bryant Tolson and they have two beautiful daughters, Morgan and Liza.