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Veteran officer to become Solicitor's Office investigator
Solicitor Duffie Stone swears in Investigator JoJo Woodward in a ceremony Monday morning.
OKATIE, SC (December 17, 2018) – A veteran law enforcement officer from Beaufort County has joined the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as its newest investigator.
JoJo Woodward will be an investigator for the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Career Criminal Unit, which prosecutes the circuit’s most violent and habitual offenders. Woodward replaces Investigator Bill Carter, who accepted an internal investigator position with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, a contractor for the Department of Energy.
"I have known and worked well with JoJo for 20 years," 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said. "He's an outstanding investigator. I have tremendous respect for the work he has done and appreciation for the many relationships he has developed during his decades in Lowcountry law enforcement. He will be an asset to our team."
Woodward most recently served as captain with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and oversaw the Southern Enforcement Branch.
“I’m excited to get back to work and to start this new chapter in my life,” Woodward said Monday. “I look forward to working with each of the law enforcement agencies within the 14th Circuit and return, once again, to serving its citizens.”
Solicitor’s Office investigators assist attorneys with the criminal prosecution of cases.
Woodward was born in Charleston and was raised in both Beaufort and Jasper counties. Woodward joined the Hilton Head Island Fire Department in 1984 and graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy.
In 1986, he began his law-enforcement career with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1987.
In 1991, Woodward went to work for the Hardeeville Police Department as patrol and drug intradiction officer before returning to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigations and drug enforcement in 1992. Woodward was temporarily assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency office in Beaufort from 2000-2001. He returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 2005, was promoted to lieutenant and served as commander for the Beaufort/Jasper Multi-Agency Drug Task Force.
The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office is the chief prosecuting agency for Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Covering more than 3,200 square miles, it is the only five-county circuit in the state.