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North Charleston names Burgess new police chief

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North Charleston is getting a new police chief, and the current chief is taking an administrative role in the mayor’s office.

Reggie Burgess will become North Charleston’s ninth police chief since the city’s incorporation in 1972 when he is sworn in at Thursday’s city council meeting. Burgess has served as assistant chief of the department since 2013.

Reggie Burgess will be sworn in as North Charleston’s ninth police chief since the city was incorporated. He joined the North Charleston Police Department in 1989 as a patrolman. (Photo/North Charleston)“Becoming the police chief of the city of North Charleston is truly a blessing,” Burgess said in a news release. “Mayor Summey has entrusted me to positively motivate, to influence, to lead and guide the police department personnel, and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of North Charleston.”

Chief Eddie Driggers, who has served in that position since 2012, will become a special assistant to the mayor.

“Calling on Eddie to become a special assistant to the mayor allows him to continue to apply his years of public service experience, further strengthening my leadership staff,” Mayor Keith Summey said in the news release.

Burgess joined the North Charleston Police Department as a patrolman in 1989 and has spent his entire career with the department.

“His aptitude for the police work and crime-fighting knowledge will lead the department to new heights, and his presence in the neighborhoods signals a new dawn for community relations,” Summey said. “Reggie has given his entire professional career to the North Charleston Police Department, and this appointment is a deserving achievement for an individual so intrinsically ingrained in the community.”

The mayor said this also marks the first time since he’s been mayor that both the police and fire chiefs for the city began their careers with North Charleston and rose through the ranks.

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