Chad Ayers has served as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Greenville County in South Carolina for the past eleven years. During his time as a Deputy in Greenville County, Chad has worked undercover in numerous federal and state investigations, performing in high-pressure environments. Chad is a member of the SWAT team where he serves as an assistant team leader. He is experienced in hostage negotiations and rescue as well as active shooter events. Chad also assisted in the creation and implementation of Greenville County Sheriff’s Office active shooter response program.
During his tenure as a Deputy, Chad has received numerous awards and commendations. In 2006, he was named Greenville County Sheriff Rookie of the Year. In 2008, Chad received a Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009, he was awarded two Letters of Commendation for undercover work. He was the recipient of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor in 2011 and 2012. And on January 21, 2016, Chad received the 2015 Sam Simmons Award which is given to the top Deputy in Greenville County.
Chad is a 2006 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a 2006 graduate of South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy where he received the academy’s top award, the J.P. Strom Award, given to the graduate with the highest academic average.