BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Deputy Rick Ollic will be named the next Moncks Corner Police Chief, according to Moncks Corner town officials.
Ollic, a former chief deputy who currently the Captain of Special Investigations for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and is in charge of cold cases, will assume his new duties in Moncks Corner on Jan. 1, according to a release from Moncks Corner.
"We are fortunate to have Captain Ollic heading our police department," Moncks Corner Mayor Michael Lockliear said in a statement. "In addition to his training and experience in executive levels of law enforcement, Captain Ollic brings a fresh perspective to the department. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Captain Ollic heading our police force."
Ollic's starting salary will be $66,246, the release states.
Ollic will replace Chief Chad Caldwell, who is retiring. Caldwell said in October he was leaving the department at the end of the year because of health care costs. He said that under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, he has to take the city's insurance and give up Medicare. He said he would lose money if he stays with the department.
Caldwell has been the Moncks Corner police chief for 15 years.
Ollic has been with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for 29 years and has served as chief deputy, major of the operations division, chief of investigations, patrol deputy lieutenant and patrolman, the release states.
Ollic ran unsuccessfully to become the next Berkeley County Sheriff following the resignation of former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt. Ollic was defeated by current Sheriff Duane Lewis.