WINNSBORO – Ed McCrory, director of Fairfield County Detention Center since 2003, is retiring after 10 years of service.
McCrory received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Palmer College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and a master of arts degree in management from Webster University. He received his National Jail Management Certification in June 2006 and was re-certified in June 2010. McCrory also graduated from National Institute of Justice Technology Institute for Corrections.
“He was a valuable asset and his hard work and diligence have greatly benefited the Detention Center. We are confident that he will find the same success and happiness in retirement,” said Deputy County Administrator Davis Anderson.
With the retirement of McCrory, Teresa Lawson, senior staff member, will be promoted to director of Fairfield County Detention Center. Lawson has been with Fairfield County Detention Center 28 years and has served as McCrory’s point of contact.
She said she is looking forward to her new position and excited to be able to continue to serve Fairfield County.
A native of Mitford, she began employment with the county in 1985 and was the county’s first female correctional officer. At that time, she was hired under then-Sheriff Herman Young, who was the administrator for the Fairfield County Detention Center.
Lawson completed the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1986 and Jail Management by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1995. She also attended York Technical College and became the medical officer for the Detention Center. Lawson received psychological training and attended several classes to enhance the Fairfield County Detention Center, as well.
She came through the ranks under the administration of County Administrator Phil Hinely and of Davis Anderson, deputy county administrator. She is married and has two children.