Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Hampton County Detention Center
Kelvin Jones is the Jail Administrator at the Hampton County Detention Center, where he has been employed since 2005. He is married to Tonia Capers-Jones Jail Administrator of Allendale County. Kelvin’s career began at Jasper County Detention Center in 2004 as a Line Officer and worked his way up to a Sergeant. He joined the Hampton County Detention Center in 2005 as the Deputy Director, and became the Jail Administrator in 2010. He completed the National Institute of Corrections Jail Administration Course in 2011. He has completed numerous advance courses in Correction and Leadership through Law Enforcement and military training. Kelvin was voted 2013 Jail Administrator of the year. He is also a veteran serving 10.5 years in the Army.
Kevin Jones, NCCE, CCE, CJE, CJM
Lexington County Detention Center
Kevin Jones began his law enforcement career as a Military Policeman and Correctional Sergeant in the United States Army where he served for almost 10 years. Upon his return to civilian life, he joined the Lexington County Detention Center in 1995 as a detention officer. Since then, Kevin has earned numerous awards and achievements to include graduating with the highest academic honors from the SC Criminal Justice Academy and completed the prestigious National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence Program. He is also a very active member of his community serving on several boards/committees to include the following:
• 1st Vice President of SC Jail Administrator’s Association
• Board member for Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless
• Board member for Lexington County Community Mental Health Center
• Member of South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) Local Detention Committee
• Member of SCAC Public Safety, Corrections and Judicial Steering Committee.
Major Kevin Jones has 30 years of combined progressive experience in corrections and law enforcement and is the Detention Commander at the Lexington County Detention Center for Sheriff Bryan “Jay” Koon. Kevin has served at every level of leadership in the detention center and his life motto is, “Serving to make a difference.” The following are a few highlights of his 24-year career with the department:
• National Certified Correctional Executive Thru National Institute for Jail Operations 2018
• Certified Correctional Executive through America Correctional Association since 2017
• Basic Instructor SC Criminal Justice Academy 2017
• Certified Jail Executive with the National Sheriffs’ Association since 2015
• Certified Corrections Manager through the American Correctional Association since 2008
• Certified Auditor with American Correctional Association since 2004
• Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association since 2003
1st Vice President
1st Vice President
Willis Beatty, CJM, CCE
North Charleston, SC
Treasurer - Neil Johnson
Georgetown County Detention Center
Neil Johnson began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2000. In 2002, Neil returned to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office where he served in various roles including K9 Handler, Public Information Officer, and supervisor of specialized units such as the Intensified Criminal Enforcement Unit, Bloodhound Tracking Team, Beach Patrol, and Marine Patrol.
Prior to being promoted to Captain of Operations at the Detention Center in 2016, he served seven years as the Assistant Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2017 he was promoted to Major where he is currently serving as Director of Detention in addition to the management of the Office of Professional Standards, recruitment/hiring process, polygraph services, and grants for the entire agency.
Rick Darling - Secretary
Dorchester County Detention Center
After High School Major Darling served in the United States Military for 6 years (US Army). Upon leaving the Military he worked in the management field of the restaurant industry as well as the financial industry. Major Darling started his Law Enforcement career in 1986 with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. During Major Darling’s 35 plus years of Law Enforcement he has served as a Corrections Supervisor, Internal Affairs Investigator and Regional Contraband Officer with the SC Dept. of Corrections. In 1992 he became a certified Law Enforcement Officer where he has served as a Street Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Criminal Investigator, Warrants Officer, Field Training Officer, Jail Assistant Administrator and he currently serves as the Dorchester County Jail Administrator. He has served honorably with outstanding agencies such as SCDC, N. Charleston Police Department, Summerville Police Dept. and the Dorchester Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Major Darling is certified as Field Training Officer, duties he has performed throughout most of his career, and a Specific Skills Instructor, he has also received certifications in Management Development, Response to Explosive Incidents, Narcotics Investigations, Criminal Investigations & Computer Development. Major Darling is a graduate of the SC Fire Academy for Arson Detection, a graduate of the Jail Administrators Command Academy, received his certification as a Jail Administrator from the American Institute of Corrections and is a graduate of SCCJA where he received his certifications in both the Law Enforcement and Correctional fields.
His Best Advice, “Honor Your Oath of Office, You Cannot Enforce the Law and Break it Too”! “It Absolutely does not work that Way”.
2nd Vice President (Interim)
2nd Vice President(Temp Appointee)
Jasper County Detention Center
(843) 717-3300 Ext. 211
Arthur Benjamin born in Brooklyn New York he started in Corrections at the age of 21. He worked in the New York City Department of Corrections, (Riker Island). In 1988 to 1997, he relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina with a family of seven children. Arthur Benjamin continued his career in corrections by joining the Beaufort County Detention Center as an officer from 1998 – 1999, then he joined the South Carolina Department of Corrections (RCI) from 1999 – 2000 as a Corporal. Arthur then became Deputy Director in 2000 – 2005 at the Jasper County Detention Center. Once again Arthur has astounded us by becoming Director of Jasper County Detention Center in 2005 at the age of 41.
Due to his great acceleration within corrections Arthur has received a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration he also completed management level courses with National Institute of Corrections and the American Jail Association. Arthur Benjamin also had the key opportunity to take part in the planning and construction of the new 108 bed facility at Jasper County. No such honor came than the one from the National Congress for Secured Communities when Arthur was asked to be a Delegate to sit on this committee in order to give his input on making a change within all organizations and communities. Arthur Benjamin’s goal is to have Jasper County Detention Center become a 500 bed facility under his leadership and become Commissioner for SCDC or NYCDOC.