Gov. McMaster selects NCPD Chief Reggie Burgess for SCDPS Director

Charleston County News

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess is being considered for a top job in the state of South Carolina.

Following the news South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) Director Leroy Smith was leaving his post in 2020, Governor Henry McMaster has selected NCPD’s Chief Burgess to take over for Smith as the director of public safety.

“Chief Burgess is one of the finest leaders our state has ever produced. His career in law enforcement and personal achievement is remarkable,” said Gov. McMaster in a release Wednesday. “I am confident that he will do an excellent job as the new director by restoring employee morale, recruiting and retaining additional troopers and addressing discipline and grievance policies.”

Gov. McMaster went on to say, “the men and women of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Protective Services and the Transport Police are members of the most prestigious law enforcement agency in the nation. They will always have the confidence, support and appreciation of their governor and their new director.”

North Charleston mayor Keith Summey made a statement on Chief Burgess being considered for the position.

“I am very happy for Chief Reggie Burgess to be considered to lead the State’s Department of Public Safety, and will await the Senate’s ultimate decision. Thereafter, we will make a determination on the process for his replacement. Regardless of the outcome, I am very proud of Chief Burgess, his years of honored service to our community, and the professional development of the North Charleston Police Department for one of its members to be considered to administer the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.”

Mayor Keith Summey, North Charleston

Before being appointed to the position, Chief Burgess will need to pass Senate confirmation.

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