Veteran Midlands Police Officer named interim Police Chief

March 18, 2024

Veteran Police Officer Christopher Garner has been named Interim Police Chief, replacing long-time SCPD Chief Josh Shumpert, according to South Congaree Mayor Cindy Campbell.

“We want to thank Chief Shumpert for nearly two decades of service to our Town, the last ten or so as Chief of Police, and wish him all the best as he continues in his service to the Community at another agency” Mayor Campbell said.

Chief Garner has served as a Captain for the Department for the last two years, and brings over 44 years experience as a police officer, serving with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Pelion Police Department, and Springfield Police Department.

“The town is blessed to have a police officer with the experience of Chief Garner, who has served in leadership roles for the majority of his career, both serving the needs of a small town as Chief, and also as a Commander and senior leader for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department,” Mayor Campbell said.  She also pointed out that Chief Garner has been instrumental in the acquisition of a better fleet, classes in pursuit driving, and grants that will provide needed equipment at no extra expense to the taxpayers.  He also completed the policies and procedures for the Department, which are required by law.

“South Congaree is such as great community, and I am thankful for the opportunity of the last couple of years, and getting to know that Town, and I am looking forward to continuing the work that Chief Shumpert and I have been working to improve the department, and how we serve the residents of South Congaree,” said Chief Garner.

Garner will be officially sworn in as Interim Chief on Tuesday, and will serve in the role until a permanent Chief is named.