My name is Anthony but everyone knows me as "Tony". I was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia where I grew up in a big close knit family. Both my parents were hardworking individuals and instilled in me that hard work, respect and integrity are cornerstones of success.
As a young man, I worked as a fireman for the Falmouth Fire Department in Stafford, Virginia for 10 years. I also worked alongside my father in his construction business until I moved to South Carolina in 1998 to be closer to my Aunt in hopes of finding a new career path. In 2001 I began my Law Enforcement career with the Cottageville Police Department. In 2003 I started working with the Colleton County Sheriff Office as a Road Patrol Officer. Throughout my years with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office I was a Field Training Officer, a Corporal on the Traffic Team, a Road Patrol Supervisor and a SWAT team member. In 2007 I was awarded with the honor of Colleton County Sheriff Office Deputy of the Year. In 2010 I was the Assistant Circuit Coordinator with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) for the 14th Circuit. I also in 2010 accepted a job offer from Ridgeland Police Department as a member of their Traffic Interdiction Team, where I am currently still employed. In addition to being an officer, I am a Field Instructor for the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy mainly teaching Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST/DUI) classes and Speed Measurement Device (Radar) classes.
I am happily married to my wonderful wife of 12 years, Melanie Stallings Buchanan, whom is a lifelong resident of Colleton County and has worked at the Colleton County Magistrate’s Court for 18 years. My wife and I spend most of our time with family and friends and enjoy being motorcycle enthusiast and traveling.
Throughout my Law Enforcement career I have seen and experienced some of the craziest, saddest, unpleasant, strangest, horrendous, most unbelievable, unthinkable situations. However, the most devastating and unforgettable for me was on August 7, 2008 when I lost my cousin and lifelong best friend, Dennis C. Compton, in the line of duty here in Colleton County. It was a tragic event that will always weigh heavily on my heart. He is my inspiration, my strength and my motivation to be your next Sheriff.