On April 2, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the promotion of Roxana Meetze to Deputy Chief, making her the first female to achieve the rank at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Meetze will be in command of the new Richland County 911 Communications Center scheduled to be fully operational by mid-2019.

Meetze’s 24-year-law enforcement career began in 1994 as a Judicial Service Officer for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. As she progressed through the ranks, Meetze served as a Field Training Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and then Major over Administration and Special Teams. She is responsible for the creation of the agency’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Program established in 2004. Additionally, Meetze has received many honors during her career, to include Deputy of the Year in 1998 and 2003. She also graduated from the 229th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in 2007.