Lewis Blanchard is the Chief Deputy of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis started his career as a Beach Patrolman and Emergency Medical Technician before transitioning into full time Law Enforcement. His Law Enforcement career began in 1990 as a campus police officer with the Columbia County School System. He served 10 years with the CCBOE. In 1994, he was named Public Safety Officer of the Year for saving the lives of two students while on the campus of Lakeside High School from one incident where a student was choking in the lunchroom and another where the student had heart failure while on campus.Lewis left law enforcement for a period of time to start various successful businesses but always continued to assist agencies whenever needed. As a business owner he gained vast experiences in the world of entrepreneurialism, budgets, leadership, etc. Upon returning to law enforcement he joined the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted up the ranks to that of Lieutenant during his tenure. In 2011, Lewis received the National Organization of Law Enforcement Executives “Law Enforcement Award” for his dedicated and professional work to improve police & community relations in minority neighborhoods. Lewis joined the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a Lieutenant in 2012 and served 4 years in various roles. Lewis was named “Deputy of the Year” for the state of Georgia by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in 2013. When Sheriff Alfonzo Williams became Sheriff of Burke County, Lewis went with Sheriff Williams as the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy on January 1, 2017. In 2019, Lewis received the Trilogy Award from the FBI as part of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Leadership program. Lewis is passionate about Public Safety and has dedicated his life to serving and helping others.