WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A lieutenant with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office will become Walterboro's next police chief later in September.
Wade Marvin, 39, will take on his new role on Sept. 29, according to Walterboro City Manager Jeff Molinari.
Marvin's hiring comes after a 16-month search that included a pool of 43 applicants that was whittled down to three finalists, Molinari said.
For Marvin, it is a return of sorts to his law enforcement roots. The Colleton County native began his career in January, 2000, as a Walterboro police officer. Approximately three years later, he moved to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, moving up in ranks over the years, and now heads the department's SWAT unit, K9 dog team, highway drug interdiction and school resource officer teams.
"I'd say my first goal would be to improve the communication and professionalism throughout the department," Marvin said. "As an outsider looking in, I think that's an area we can immediately make improvements in."
Marvin said improving communication between the Walterboro Police Department, the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, Colleton County Council, the Walterboro Fire Department and other agencies would benefit the community as a whole.
The search for a new police chief began in May, 2013, when Public Safety Chief Otis Rhodes was let go after nine years on the job.