Pickens County Officer of the Week

Joe Toppe Staff Writer

September 12, 2013

PICKENS COUNTY – When he’s not leading a criminal investigation as a detective for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, you can find Marvin Nix cruising down a wooded trail on his mountain bike.

“I got into mountain biking about 15 years ago,” Nix said. “I had a buddy that ran a bike shop and I was always interested in riding. It is a great way to get away from the stress and when I am out there, I don’t have to deal with the rigors of everyday life. It is a good escape for me.”

Nix is a lifelong resident of Pickens County and a 1988 graduate of Daniel High School where he played cornerback on the school’s football team.

“High school football has given me some good memories,” Nix said. “I was a cornerback and I was able to make some pretty good plays. I played for a few years, but like most high school athletes, my career ended after high school.”

Following high school Nix attended Tri-County Technical College and earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

After earning his degree, Nix began his career in law enforcement for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

“I started here at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in 1993,” Nix said. “I started out in the detention center and worked there for about six months. After that, I went on road patrol as a uniformed deputy and I worked many long nights on third shift. I also became the first School Resource Officer at Daniel High School in 1999, and shortly after that, I worked in narcotics for about four years until I transferred over to criminal investigations where I have been ever since.”

As a detective, Nix specializes in juvenile related cases and will investigate any matter for a person under the age of 18.

“In the juvenile division we try to help children that sometimes get involved in things they shouldn’t,” Nix said. “We also try to help them if they are victims of a crime and are under the age of 18.”