Rusty Clevenger is a lifelong Spartanburg resident, the son
of Jerry and Gail Clevenger.
He has a wife of 20 years and two children.
Rusty attented district 6 schools and graduated from Dorman
High School in 1982. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College where he
took Criminal Justice courses. He is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
and numerous specialized schools with an emphasis in
death investigation to
include Advanced Homicide Investigation,
Accident Reconstruction Schools, Prosecution of Death Penalty case seminars,
Medico-Legal Death Investigation schools,
and others that include
Bomb Blast re-construction and Forensic Internships with
State Law Enforcement to name a few.
At age 21 Rusty started his law enforcement career as a Deputy for
Sheriff Larry Smith,
he advanced to investigations in 1988 where he
worked a variety of crimes and
worked the Homicide case load
before taking a job as a Solicitor's Investigator in 1997.
In the Solicitor's Office, Rusty was in charge of reviewing cases
for prosecution, interviewing witnesses and finding more evidence to
aid the prosecution in securing a true
verdict for families that experienced
loss at the hands of others.
In 2005, Rusty became the coordinator for the County Forensic Unit working
closely with all Law Enforcement in Spartanburg that included the Highway Patrol,
Municipal Towns, Sheriff's Office, State Law Enforcement and
Federal Law Enforcement agencies.
Rusty was elected as your Coroner in 2008 and was sworn in on January 6th, 2009.
As your coroner, Rusty promised to and has computerized reporting and
photography processes, to continue investigative excellence in your Coroner's Office,
Improved Chaplin services, and visits to schools and civic groups to speak about
crime scene investigation and the dangers of D.U.I. and careless driving. In 2009, the Coroner's Office, under the leadership of Rusty were the recipients of the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association Santee Cooper "Excellence in Law Enforcement Award". In 2010, Rusty and the Coroner's Office was awarded the Lifepoint Dove Award and Coroner of the Year 2010. Rusty currently serves as the Vice President of the SC Coroner's Association. He is a diplomat with distinction with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and has specialized training from numerous schools in different death scene investigations.