Joe Toppe Staff Writer
October 21, 2013
PICKENS COUNTY – For deputy sheriff Michael Nix of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, family comes first.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for two years now,” Nix said. “I started in the detention center at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, and for a little over a year now, I’ve been out on uniformed road patrol. During that time, my first child was born and both my wife and I try and spend every moment we can outside of work with our child. We all try and be at home together when we can because family comes first.”
Nix was born in Pickens County but grew up in a military household and has lived in Hawaii, Texas, Kansas, and Michigan before returning home to Pickens County to finish high school.
“After traveling around in a military household, I ended up back in Pickens County my junior year of high school and have been here ever since,” Nix said. “I graduated from Pickens High School and went off to Clemson University.”
Nix is a 1993 graduate of Pickens High School and a 2000 graduate of Clemson University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
“My education from Clemson University has been beneficial to me when dealing with people in society that we, as law enforcement officers, have to deal with. I can readily identify some mental illnesses people have and take more appropriate action than just jailing them. Sometimes it helps more to get them to a hospital setting so they can get the proper care they need.”
Nix said his career in law enforcement was inspired by his desire for public service.
“I started thinking about law enforcement a few years ago,” he said. “The way I looked at law enforcement is that it was equally challenging both mentally and physically, so it provided that balance I needed to be a service to the public.”
According to Nix, his career in uniform will one day transition into administration.
“When I first came into this career, I was not certain what I would enjoy doing,” Nix said. “So far, I’ve worked in the detention center which I viewed as a stepping stone to uniformed road patrol. As a certified class one officer with my particular background, I feel that I can benefit the office administration through strategic development and planning.”
Nix is a married father of one.