Tuesday marks Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong's last day on the force.
Wilfong announced her retirement in March and says she will be moving back to her home state of Kentucky, where she plans to do police consultant work.
Wilfong was hired as Greenville's first female police chief in March 2007. She has spent 33 years in law enforcement.
Greenville police named Police Major Mike Gambrell as the Interim Police Chief. Gambrell has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and served as the face of the Greenville Police Department as its spokesperson for seven years, working closely with Wilfong.
Gambrell says he plans to apply for the permanent position.
Earlier this month, City Manager John Castile said the city will be conducting a national search for a new police chief, with a target date of late July to select a new chief.
Castile said residents, business owners, local law enforcement professionals, youth and community leaders will all have an opportunity to provide input on the opportunities and challenges facing the police department, as well as on the type of qualities the new chief should possess. This input will then be used by the city's human resources department to guide the recruitment and selection of the best candidates.
The city has developed a short online survey to give residents the opportunity to rate the city's most pressing safety issues and select the most important leadership qualities and experience the new chief should have. The survey is on the city's website. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the Law Enforcement Center, in the lobby of City Hall and at each of the city's community centers.
The city has also developed a set of web pages devoted to the police chief search, where citizens can learn more about the search process and schedule, and can direct any questions or comments related to the search.
Visit http://www.greenvillesc.gov/CityManager/PoliceChiefSearch.aspx to learn more about the process and participate in the survey.
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