HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County officials have chosen a new police chief to lead the fine officers of the Horry County Police Department.
When the position for police chief in Horry County closed weeks ago, all the potential candidates to fill the position were narrowed down to three, including: Horry County's Interim Police Chief Saundra Rhodes, Robert Mason and Mark Beach.
During Tuesday night's County Council meeting, officials announced that interim chief Saundra Rhodes would take on the rank of police chief. After the unexpected announcement was made, Rhodes received a standing ovation.
Rhodes has served as the interim chief since former police chief Johnny Morgan's retirement. Rhodes previously turned down the position of police chief for the City of Hartsville.
Since taking the position of interim chief, Rhodes has been influential in the department during several operations including Operation Red Harvest, arresting several members of the Hells Angels biker group.
"Chief Rhodes has done an excellent job laying down the foundation of building relationships between the department and the community, while making several internal changes as interim chief to streamline the department," states Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge.
"Chief Rhodes is very well respected in the department as well as in the community, states Paul Whitten, Horry County Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety. "She has the talent to take this department to the next level."
Rhodes began working for the Horry County Police Department in 1993 as a detective and has worked her way up through the chain-of-command as sergeant, lieutenant and captain.
Rhodes will take the oath of office on Friday, Sept. 21 at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building, in Conway.