Judge, Michael Scurlock, Has Meaningful Impact On His South Carolina Community
York County (S.C.) Magistrate Judge Michael L. Scurlock probably has more interest in NFL games than most—if not all—his colleagues on the bench. After all, he is the only one of the 12 judges who also is an NFL alumnus.
Judge Scurlock ended his NFL playing days in January 2000 after a five-season (1995-1999) career as defensive back and special teamer with the Rams and Panthers. He entered the league as a fifth-round draft pick of the Rams after playing at the University of Arizona in his home state.
Scurlock’s road to the judicial bench is an interesting one. After his NFL retirement, he became an athletic director and head football coach for eight years at Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It was a co-ed school of approximately 250 students so the pool of candidates for the football team was somewhat limited.
Scurlock, the stepson of a U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, always had military and law enforcement aspirations. After his high school administrative and coaching stint, he decided to join the local South Carolina sheriff’s office as a non-salaried reserve officer. He was convinced that he could help his community through police work, so he later decided to join the sheriff’s office fulltime.
“I wanted to do something that was impactful for others and meaningful to me,” Scurlock says. “As it turned out, serving as a sheriff’s deputy was a terrific experience because I got to spend time with people who really needed assistance. After a while, I was promoted to serve as the department’s Public Information Officer, the liaison between the sheriff’s office and the community.”
Scurlock garnered enough attention through his service in the community that he was recommended by his local state senator to serve as a county magistrate. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster made the appointment in 2017, and Scurlock has served York County in that capacity these last three-plus years. He recently was reappointed to the bench and his term was extended until 2023.
The magistrate’s role in York County is a full-time position. Magistrates handle misdemeanor criminal and civil cases, set criminal bonds, issue arrest and search warrants, and preside over preliminary hearings.
“I want to be the best judge that I can be,” says 48-year old Judge Scurlock when asked about his next career move. “No one knows what the future holds, but I have an opportunity now to serve and impact my surrounding community in meaningful ways that I never could have imagined. I am blessed.”
NFL Alumni also is blessed to count Judge Michael Scurlock as a member of our retired player family. We wish him only an efficient judicial system and a clean court docket during these complicated pandemic days
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