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Long-time Sheriff’s Office employee is back

Steve Bazzle

Steve Bazzle, who has been associated with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office off-and-on for the past 30 odd years, has recently rejoined the law enforcement agency as an investigator.

Bazzle, who was unsuccessful in a recent bid for this county’s sheriff, has returned to duty as a sergeant in the office’s criminal investigations division. He has filled a vacancy created by the untimely departure of Lieutenant Allan Abernathy who was charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the alleged interference in an investigation.

Bazzle’s role in his position will be the responsibility of some overseeing of other investigators as well as the working of open criminal cases. Captain Gean Johnson will remain as the head of the investigation division.

Sheriff George Malone said that, as he was trying to determine what to do after he decided to dismiss Inabinett, Bazzle was one of the first people he spoke with. He decided to go ahead and take him on-board because his experience while serving with the sheriff’s office will help upgrade the investigations division.

While employed within the Sheriff’s Office for 26 years, Bazzle has held many positions, including serving as chief deputy to former Sheriff Allan Beach. Malone noted he has worked with Bazzle in the past, and that his experience within and knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office was a big reason he was hired. Malone added that Bazzle is a native of Colleton County, and being a native means knowing this county. Malone noted that this is a valuable asset.