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Interim chief becomes Anderson's top cop

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Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart (Source: Anderson Police Dept.) Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart (Source: Anderson Police Dept.)
Former Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown (Source: andersonpd.com) Former Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown (Source: andersonpd.com)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man who took over after Anderson police Chief Martin Brown was fired last year was named the city's new chief Monday.

Brown, who had been the city's top cop since 2006, requested the grievance hearing after he was fired on Aug. 23, 2012.

Anderson City Manager John Moore said Brown was accused of investigating top police department employees after they complained about his performance. He said Brown disobeyed instructions not to confront those employees.

Brown fought the decision to fire him during a packed-house board meeting about a month later. The board unanimously voted to uphold the decision.

Then-Capt. Jim Stewart was named the city's interim chief. On Monday, Stewart was named Brown's permanent replacement.

In a written statement, Stewart said that after 22 years at the Anderson Police Department, he's ready to take over.

"Being the chief of police of a city with 26,871 residents is a substantial responsibility," Stewart said in the statement. "Not only is the chief of police the prime media spokesperson, head investigator and lead program coordinator for the police department, but he or she is also one of the most visible role models in the community."

Stewart said one of his central goals as chief will be to introduce new programs that promote Anderson's reputation as a safe and attractive community.

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