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Surfside Beach Police Chief Frederick resigns

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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After receiving a letter of resignation from the leader of their police force, the Town of Surfside Beach is now looking for someone to fill Chief Frederick's shoes.

Surfside Beach Town Administrator, Micki Fellner, tells WMBF News that Chief Frederick submitted a verbal resignation on Friday and a formal, written resignation on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Chief Frederick's last day on the job will be Oct. 28.

Fellner says as town administrator she will recommend a strategy to the town council for going forward at their council meeting on Oct 23 in executive session.

She anticipates the council will then direct her to carry out that strategy, whatever it may be.

[Read Chief Frederick's formal resignation letter PDF.doc]

In an email, Chief Mike Frederick expressed his desire to work with the man or woman chosen to serve as interim police chief upon his departure to make his leaving as seamless as possible.

As far as his future plans, Frederick explains in his email,

There are a handful of state Special Agents attached to the SC Public Service Authority, tasked with investigating crimes against the state-owned energy utility as well as the protection of the energy infrastructure attendant to the production of electricity and water across the state.  Most South Carolinians know the SC PSA by the name of the public utility, Santee Cooper. I have accepted a position as one of those agents, and I will report for duty there on Monday, 29 OCT. They have several offices around the state, but I am to be stationed in Myrtle Beach, so I will not be moving from the area.

In the past two and a half years, the police force in Surfside Beach has seen extraordinary successful in reducing crime rates, increasing clearance rates, and positively impacting the quality of life here in Surfside Beach.

Chief Frederick says, "We received the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association / Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in November of 2011, and the SC Department of Public Safety awarded SBPD with the DUI Enforcement Agency of the Year Award earlier this year."

"More important than the external awards, I think, the officers here have responded to our intelligence-led policing initiative and Quality of Life Program with a zeal and professionalism I haven't seen at play in many places I've seen over the past few decades under a badge. I feel confident that the team in place within SBPD is fully capable of maintaining our insanely high level of service, and I'll be able to keep an eye on them to ensure that they do since I live in Surfside Beach," he adds.

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