James 'JD' Dixon, Sheriff
James A. Dixon began his career in law enforcement as a patrolman in 1987 for the Chesterfield Police Department. After an eight-month tenure, he became a deputy with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. In March of 1990, he moved to Bennettsville Police Department where he was hired by Chief Peter Copeland, first African-American chief for the State of South Carolina, to serve as a patrolman. It was during this time that he attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and became a South Carolina certified law enforcement officer. During this period, James was promoted to Narcotics Investigator where he became the first narcotic officer the City of Bennettsville ever had and he maintained a 98% conviction rate for all cases made. In December of 1994, James returned back to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office first as a patrol deputy and them received many outstanding promotions; Sergeant, Captain, Major, and Chief Deputy. In 2019, James Dixon successfully ran for and was elected as Sheriff of Chesterfield County. He is the first African-American sheriff in Chesterfield County.
James Dixon graduated from Cheraw High School in 1983. He is a member of St. Davis Lodge 467 where he currently serves as Past Master and has served as Worshipful Master. He served as a member of the YMCA Board of Trustees. He on the Board of Directors of American Marine Institute (AMI) Kids for Camp Sand Hills where he serves as Chairman. He is a long-standing member of Cheraw High School Improvement Committee where he once served as president. He is a long-term coach of 16 years for the Cheraw Recreation Department. James is the father of two children, Chris and Jasmine. He and his wife, Patricia, live in the Bay Tree Subdivision and they attend Pee Dee Baptist Church where James is Trustee and a lifetime member.