On March 14, 2024, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted its 2023 Annual Awards Banquet. Each year, this banquet honors the men and women of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding service and commitment to the community. 

The 2023 Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation Annual Awards Banquet marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation. Over the past 25 years, the foundation has worked hard to improve the quality of life for Lexington County citizens and has raised about $2 million to support the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Among the honorees at the 2023 Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation Annual Awards Banquet, three individuals from the Sheriff’s Department merit special recognition for their work across various areas of the agency. In reflecting on the achievements of these individuals, we are reminded of the profound impact dedicated public servants can have on the communities they serve. Their unwavering commitment to duty and dedication serve as a source of inspiration for all.


Cheryl Iliff – Detention Deputy of the Year

Cheryl Iliff began her career at Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in June of 2020 and was promoted to master detention deputy in March of 2023.

Iliff’s unwavering dedication to her duties on the detention center’s night shift has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by her meticulous approach and admirable work ethic. Her commitment to teamwork, mentorship and leadership abilities distinguishes her as an invaluable asset.  





Meghan Dabkowski – Outstanding Region Investigator

Meghan Dabkowski has been part of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. For the last three years, she has proven herself to be a vital part of the South Region Property Crime Unit. 

In 2023, Meghan was assigned more than 400 cases, many of them white-collar cases, involving more than $1.4 million in losses to the various owners. Her diligent investigation of those cases produced 38 arrests, with an additional 15 persons still wanted on outstanding warrants. Beyond her investigative prowess, Dabkowski remains committed to community outreach initiatives, imparting knowledge on crime prevention strategies. 



Kevin Baum – Outstanding Headquarters Investigator

Kevin Baum currently serves as the designated Internet Crimes Against Children investigator for the Special Victims Unit, a branch of the Major Crimes Unit. In this role, Baum specializes in the identification and apprehension of offenders who use the internet and technology to target minors for online sexual exploitation. As part of this task force, he also participates in undercover chat operations throughout the state, earning a reputation for being one of the premier undercover chat operatives in South Carolina.

Baum’s record of apprehensions and convictions is a testament to his expertise and dedication, earning him accolades as one of the premier undercover chat operatives in South Carolina. 





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