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Thursday, 05 August 2021 13:12

BREAKING: Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons dies

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ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff James Edwards Clemmons Jr. has passed away.

County Manager Bryan Land confirmed the news early Thursday afternoon.

Land said the news "hit us all like a ton of bricks ... great guy. Did a great job of serving our county."

According to the sheriff’s office website, Clemmons was hired as a patrol deputy in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the detective division in 1991. He was promoted to lieutenant and captain, respectively, in 1997 and 1998 and rose to the rank of major in 2002. Clemmons also served as commander of the Special Response Team.

Clemmons was first elected to the office in 2010, succeeding Dale Furr, and won every subsequent reelection.

He was the first person of color to both attain the rank of major and be elected as sheriff in Richmond County and the third sheriff in 60 years, according to the sheriff's office website.

Clemmons, in recent years, has been appointed to several state and national committees.

Last July, he was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.

Clemmons was also appointed to the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. He served as president of the N.C. Sheriff’s Association from July 2018-July 2019 and was chairman of the organization’s executive committee; and he has been on the N.C. Sentencing Commission since 2011.

According to state law, the chief deputy will assume the responsibilities until the Richmond County Board of Commissioners elects a new sheriff.

The RO will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

CORRECTION: Clemmons was hired in 1989. 1:32 p.m. 8-5-21


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