Richland County Sheriff's Department Captain Joe Pellicci has passed away

Captain Joe Pellicci

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Captain Joe Pellicci with the Richand County Sheriffâ??s Department has passed away.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated the passing of Captain Pellicci leaves a large void in the Richland County Sheriffâ??s Department family because Joe so positively impacted everyone at the Sheriffâ??s Department and in the Community in so many ways.

Captain Joseph Pellicci began his career working as a reporter and then as the Public Information Officer for the South Carolina Highway patrol and subsequently the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

He joined the Richland County Sheriffâ??s Department in 1997 and was promoted to Captain over the Special Services Division, where he oversaw the School Resource Officer Program, Project HOPE, and Handicap Parking Programs.

Captain Pellicci was survived by his wife, 2 children and son-in-law who is a Richland County Sheriffâ??s Deputy.

Sheriff Lott asks that everyone keep the Pellicci family in your thoughts and prayers.