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New police chief named for South Carolina city

January 15, 2022 GMT

FOREST ACRES, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city has named a new police chief.

The City of Forest Acres said its City Council unanimously decided Thursday on Capt. Don Robinson to take over as chief.

Robinson is a 33-year veteran law enforcement officer who has served the entirety of his career in Columbia with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, WIS-TV reported.

“I am looking forward to getting started as soon as possible to serve the citizens of Forest Acres. I love Forest Acres. It’s been my chosen home for more than 20 years,” Robinson said.

Robinson previously served as a lieutenant in the sheriff’s criminal investigations division.

“My strength is planning and strategy development to investigate, combat and prevent crime. I’m able to draw on my decades of experience from all levels of investigations to do so, from property crimes to major crimes,” Robinson said.

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Mayor Frank Brunson said the council’s decision came down to a shared vision.

“While we look forward to this new chapter, we want to extend our tremendous thanks to Chief Gene Sealy for his near 50 years of service to Forest Acres in the police department, 28 years of which spent as our Chief.”

Robinson said he believes he has an ability to recognize crime trends and establish a crime prevention policy to help build on the foundation built by Sealy, who announced his retirement in September.

Robinson’s first day will be Monday, Jan. 31