NEWBERRY — Dennis Brown has been chosen to take over the helm of the Newberry Police Department effective July 2, replacing a retiring Jackie Swindler after his 38 years of service to the city.
Brown will take his oath of office at 9 a.m. that day at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.
“Chief Brown is a young, energetic and experienced law enforcement professional who comes to Newberry with over nine years’ experience as a police chief,” City Manager Al Harvey said in a press release. “He is progressive in his thinking and considers community policing as a critical element of a police department. I look forward to working with Chief Brown and believe he will be a tremendous asset to this community and to the department he will lead.”
Brown resigned last week as police chief in Folly Beach.
A panel consisting of George Routon, Barbara Chapman, Misty West, Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green and Ben Thomas, assistant chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, made the recommendation to hire Brown after whittling the 24 applications it received down to 10 and then to five.
“I am grateful to the committee for its hard work and for its recommendation for the next Police Chief of the City of Newberry,” Harvey said. The committee was chaired by Routon.
Brown has served as a police chief in North Carolina, Vermont, and Maine. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. He is married and has three young children. His wife currently serves on the Charleston County School Board.
The city used a private investigation service to examine Brown’s professional background, education and experience which included conversations with past employers and associates. The report was positive, Harvey said.
Brown will be in Newberry on June 23 to meet members of City Council, business leaders, elected officials in the county, members of the Newberry Police Department and others. Swindler’s last day as police chief is July 1.