Last updated: July 04. 2014 2:03PM - 895 Views
By - eparnell@civitasmedia.com

Dennis Brown, left, receives his badge from City Manager Al Harvey.
Dennis Brown, left, receives his badge from City Manager Al Harvey.
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NEWBERRY — Dennis Brown is now officially Chief of Police for the City of Newberry after taking his oath of office Wednesday morning at City Hall.

“I feel excited and blessed,” Brown said about the opportunity.

Mayor Foster Senn said Wednesday was an important day for the city of Newberry as he welcomed Brown’s family and community members to Brown’s induction.

“I appreciate you coming to Newberry,” Senn said to Brown. “City Council is looking forward to working with you.”

Brown resigned in early June as Police Chief of Folly Beach.

County Councilman Scott Cain, along with Brown’s family and friends, were present to watch him take his oath. Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin and his wife were also present to congratulate Brown on his new opportunity.

Goodwin said he was happy for Brown and his opportunity to come to Newberry, saying he felt it would be a great place for Brown to raise his children. Brown and his wife Amanda have three children, Ronan and twins Clover and Eden.

Brown said God had blessed him with a fantastic opportunity to come to Newberry to which he said he already had several goals for the police department. First, was to strengthen ties between the community and their department and second, was to get to know the Newberry community.

“I’m a firm believer that only working together can we make a dent on crime and make the community safer,” Brown said.

What brought Brown and his family to Newberry he said was simply “Newberry.” When looking around, Brown said they were looking for an all-in-one service community and saw something special within the community.

Although he said his family would miss their friends, he was happy to be here in Newberry.

“I look forward to working with the wonderful men and women of the Newberry Police Department,” Brown said. “I hope to do the city, the badge, and the department an honor.”

Brown said he wouldn’t be where he is today without the love and support of his wife and family.

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.

He is the first police chief to come from outside Newberry, something Brown said he will take great pride in.

Routon, chairman of the panel that chose Brown, said he was chosen because of his qualifications and genuine personality.

There were 26 applicants all together, according to Routon, who said they considered 24 of those. The list was then narrowed down to 12 applicants and five were interviewed for the position.

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