Pickens County Officer of the Week
From county patrol to the hiking trail
Joe Toppe Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY – If Pickens County Deputy Lee Clark is not on patrol, you’ll probably find him hiking along a mountain trail.
“Hiking is my passion and I’ve always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail,” Clark said. “I have a couple of friends that our hikers and have talked to me about doing this. I want to get out there in the wilderness and relieve some of the day’s stress. If I have the time, I like to get out there and hike.”
Clark is a lifelong resident of Pickens County and a 2003 graduate of Pickens High School where he played two years of varsity football.
“I graduated from Pickens High School in 2003,” Clark said. “I played two years of varsity football at offensive guard and defensive tackle. I had a great time playing ball, and I actually earned a scholarship with North Greenville University to play ball for them.”
Following high school, Clark attended North Greenville University for one year until transitioning to Greenville Technical College where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice.
“I am now currently enrolled at Anderson University to complete my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice,” Clark said. “I hope to finish it in the next couple of years because I know that it will benefit me in my law enforcement career. Anytime you get a degree, it can make you look favorable in the eyes of your boss and getting a degree in Criminal Justice will aid me in my career and open me up for advancement.”
Since high school, Clark knew he would find his way into a career in law enforcement.
“My interest in law enforcement began in high school after a couple of ride-alongs with my cousin who worked at the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I started my career with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office on July 20, 2008 on road patrol, and I graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy the following year. This is what I needed to do. It is my calling.”
Clark said he would like to one day become part of criminal investigations.
“I have always been interested in investigations,” Clark said. “I think once I graduate and get my degree that is where I want my career to go. I’ve had some opportunities to assist investigators here at the sheriff’s office and it really interests me.”
Clark is a married father of one.
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