BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday it has hired Hanahan Police Chief Mike Cochran as its new chief deputy.
Cochran has spent the past four years serving as police chief for Hanahan Police Department. Prior to that, he served over 17 years with the Lauderhill Police Department in Florida.
"When the City of Hanahan selected me to be the Chief of Police in late 2011, it was a dream come true," Cochran said in a statement. "I have absolutely loved working for, serving with and helping the people of Hanahan. Hanahan has an awesome sense of community, and the foundation has been laid for continued success."
Cochran said newly elected Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis asked him to become his Chief Deputy, which he accepted.
"Sheriff Lewis' vision for the county is very similar to what has been done in Hanahan, and I look forward to being able to continue to serve the great citizens of Hanahan and all of Berkeley County as Chief Deputy," Cochran said.
In addition to his police work, Cochran has a Doctorate in Education and a Master's in Public Administration. He has served as an adjunct professor as College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, and Trident Technical College.
"I made a commitment to the people of Berkeley County that we would improve efficiency in the Sheriff's Office and strengthen public safety in our communities," Sheriff Lewis said in a statement. "I believe the structural changes made will help accomplish both of these goals."
Berkeley County officials say former interim sheriff and chief deputy Rick Ollic will remain with the Sheriff's Office. He will oversee cold cases and special investigations.