Beaufort-area native and longtime police officer Alan Beach says that as the new Port Royal police chief, he'll continue to uphold his department's community focus.
Beach, appointed to the chief position Wednesday, has served as the interim chief since March after the sudden death of former chief James Cadien. Cadien, 62, had led the department since 1998 until he died Feb. 23 of heart attacks.
"Chief Cadien was community-oriented, and we'll continue that," Beach said Friday. His staff and officers, he said, are "excellent" to work with and share the same motivation to serve residents.
Beach began his public safety career as a Beaufort firefighter in 1985 and joined the Port Royal Police Department in 1987. Before being named chief, he was second in command.
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"I just worked my way up," Beach said.
Town manager Van Willis tapped Beach for the interim position, then recommended him to Town Council, which gave its unanimous approval.
Mayor Samuel Murray said Beach's status as a native and 25-year veteran of the department made him a good candidate.
"The Port Royal Police Department is a small operation, and it's like a family," Murray said. "(Beach) is familiar with the town and familiar with the operations of the Port Royal police."
A swearing-in ceremony will be next week; the date and time will be announced later.
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