Controversy after SC mayor selects new police chief without discussion

Council members are angered there was no national search, no review committee and no recommendation process


Post & Courier 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey has chosen a retired law enforcement veteran who is now a chaplain to be the city's new police chief, but the mayor is facing criticism for picking someone he knows without conducting a broad search or involving others in the decision.

Police chief is a high-profile and often controversial job in racially diverse North Charleston, which was named one of the most dangerous cities in the country just five years ago before making strides to bring violent crime rates down.

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