On Wednesday, August 3, Laurens Police Department (LPD) and the City of Laurens held a farewell reception for Chief Latimore in the Magnolia Room of the Laurens County Museum.
The reception marked a changing of the guard as Chief Latimore transitions to a new role as South Carolina Marshal, an appointment she received from President Biden.
Remarks were made by several who have worked with Latimore in her twenty years with the LPD and without exception the sentiment expressed was one of appreciation and admiration for her leadership of the department.
“For more than 20 years, Chrissie Cofield Latimore has worked for the City of Laurens. This is where she began her career in local law enforcement, and the City of Laurens Police Department should be proud that it has produced a leader who has shown such remarkable ability that she was nominated for high office by none other than the President of the United States,” said Mayor Nathan Senn.
Mayor Senn thanked Latimore for the work she has done for the City of Laurens and expressed his appreciation for their working relationship and team approach during his tenure as Mayor. Together they have worked to eliminate laws which were unfair and abused and most recently, they have worked to bring about a much-needed renovation to the Police Department facilities.
During her tenure as Chief, Latimore has pursued the process of accreditation for the Laurens Police Department and worked hard to modernize the department. Her work and leadership have set high standards that will continue to have a positive impact internally and in the community.
In his closing remarks, Mayor Senn captured the sentiment of all who would speak after him saying, “It is our honor to recognize you, celebrate you, and wish you all the best as you take on your next role. It is my hope that you will continue to serve as an inspiration to young men and women seeking to pursue an honorable career in law enforcement, and we will do our part to build upon the lasting legacy that you have begun in the Laurens Police Department.”
It is clear that Latimore’s achievements and contributions will have an impact for many years to come.