A 25-year veteran of the Port Royal Police Department was tapped Friday to serve as interim chief following the unexpected death last week of longtime chief James Cadien.
Capt. Alan Beach, who joined the department in 1987, was named by town manager Van Willis.
"Capt. Beach has been an extraordinary officer with our department and will certainly lead the department well," Willis said in a statement.
Beach replaces Cadien, 62, who was pronounced dead at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah after suffering multiple heart attacks.
Cadien joined the department in 1974, left briefly in 1979 and returned in 1981, according to town records. He was named chief in 1998.
Beach said Cadien's impact on the department will not be forgotten.
"We will honor Chief Cadien's legacy by continuing the work that he started to ensure that the department serves Port Royal and the surrounding community in the most effective and efficient way possible," Beach said. "I am honored and ready to accept the position and all that comes with it."
Town officials have not said when they might remove the interim tag from Beach's title or begin a search for Cadien's permanent replacement.
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