SCJAA Board Members

nick gallam

Nick Gallam

Aiken County Detention Center
  • (803) 643-1935

About Nick

Captain Nick Gallam is the Jail Administrator with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been employed for 19 years. He has been married for 20 years to his wife Jessica and has a 18year old daughter Madelyn and 8 year old son Mason. Captain Gallam is a graduate of Aiken Technical College where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in business management from Limestone University. Nick obtained his Certified Jail Management Certification, through the American Jail Association, in 2012 and is a graduate of the 18th class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. He is a past President of the South Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association and current President of Recovery Road Ministries. Nick was appointed by Governor McMasters in 2017 to serve on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council. Nick has over 22 years military service in both in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and Army Reserve and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tyrell Cato

Tyrell Cato

1st Vice President
Kershaw County Detention Center
  • (803) 900-6247

About Tyrell

Cato has been in law enforcement since 2002, holding various positions along the way. He began his law enforcement career with SCDC, and then went to Kershaw County Detention Center for a brief time before being hired by the Camden Police Department in 2006. While with the Camden Police Department he graduated Distinguished from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Cato, also won Camden Police Dept’s Wilson Clyburn Award, which embodies treating the community with dignity and respect. Cato, also made corporal with Camden Police Department and although he enjoyed the law enforcement professional that he had become, Cato aspired to return back to his first love which is corrections. In 2012 Cato returned to one of his old “stomping grounds” the Kershaw County Detention Center in an administrative role. While with the Kershaw County Detention Center, Cato sought and found ways to encourage personnel to follow policy and procedure. Cato was able to reduce the abuse of sick leave and encouraged the use of annual leave. Cato gave personnel room for growth by allowing them to make decisions through policy and procedure. He encourages all personnel to seek training and education to better their career opportunities. One of Cato’s favorite bible verses is Proverbs, chapter 27, verse 17 and it states; “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. While with Kershaw County Detention Center, he has served as the Lieutenant of Administration, Lieutenant of Operations/PREA Coordinator, Captain, and most recently he has earned the rank of Jail Administrator.

Cato holds a Master’s Degree Human Service Counseling/Executive Leadership & A Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice; all from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Public Administration at Liberty University.

John Hicks

John Hicks

2st Vice President
York County Detention Center
  • (803) 628-3082

About John

John Hicks is the Chief Jail Administrator for the York County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been employed for 13 years. He began his law enforcement career in 2006 with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office prior to moving to South Carolina in 2008. Chief Hicks has held positions of Detention Officer, Shift Sergeant, Office of Professional Standards, and Administrative Captain before being appointed as the Chief Jail Administrator in May 2018. Chief Hicks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 from Liberty University in Religious Studies, and his Master’s Degree in 2021 in Criminal Justice Administration from Anderson University, Command College. Chief Hicks earned his Certified Jail Manager certification in 2016 and his Certified Correctional Trainer in 2018 through the American Jail Association. He is also a graduate of Class 27 of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy.

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson

Georgetown County Detention Center
  • 843-545-3425

About Neil

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.

Stephen Anderson Secretary

Stephen Anderson

Cherokee County Detention Center
  • (864) 902-2370

About Stephen

Major Stephen Anderson is the Jail Administrator with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been employed for 12 years. He has been married for 16 years to his wife Sarah and has three children Caroline, Carlee, and Canaan. Major Anderson is a 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies. Stephen was appointed to the Cherokee County Behavioral Health Task Force in 2017. He is the Associate Pastor of True Direction Church of God in Gaffney. Stephen has a passion for training and believes in doing what makes sense and striving to be better every day.


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