DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police Chief James Hudson accepted a leadership position with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.
Hudson served Hartsville for three and a half years and under his leadership, the department has started programs like STAND and Hartsville's annual Youth Summit. "Many Hartsville residents, officers and members of city staff greatly appreciate what Chief Hudson has done to build a Police Department which is stronger today than it was when he first arrived," said City Manager, Natalie Zeigler.
"Chief Hudson was brought in because of his strong work ethic and his willingness to lead by example," said Mayor Mel Pennington.
Jerry Thompson, Chief Deputy for the Sheriff's Office, will be the Acting Police Chief following Hudson's departure. Thompson served as Interim Chief prior to Hudson's arrival. Thompson began his career with the S.C. Highway Patrol and has served in the S.C. Law Enforcement Division. "We're also looking forward to the leadership which we know Jerry Thompson will bring as Acting Chief, after years of working with him in his position with the Sheriff's Office," Zeigler said. He has worked with DCSO since 2008.