Newberry, SC (WLTX) -- There is a new chief in the town of Newberry.
The city swore in Dennis Brown as its Chief of Police Wednesday morning. He's the first person from outside the community to take on that role.
"It's an honor, a privilege, that I would be the first. I'm also replacing a legend, Chief Jackie Swindler. He's one of the best law enforcement officers in the state and I know he's gonna be available and a resource for us," said Brown.
The city began searching for the right person to lead the city's law enforcement agency in January. A five person panel then conducted interviews and city manager Al Harvey says Brown was the top choice.
"His professionalism, his enthusiasm for the job, for his profession," said Harvey of Brown. "He brings to the table a sense of community involvement not only for himself, but for his department. I think that's needed here."
Brown comes with a career in policing that began back in 1996. He has spent the last 10 years leading law enforcement agencies, most recently in Folly Beach where he spent the last three years as Director of Public Safety and he will bring that experience to Newberry.
"We already have those connections with the academy, the people in Columbia, we also have resources that coming from out of state you typically don't have, you have to build those. So we already have those in place and easily have different avenues we can get information or work together on," said Brown.
The move to Newberry marks the latest in changes to Brown's family. He and his wife recently welcomed twin girls who are five months old and he was sworn in on the same day as his son's second birthday.
"It's a blessing, you know God has blessed us and we're pleased and honored to receive those blessings," Brown said.
Now as he embarks on a new role and a move to a new community he is ready to take on the challenge.
"My door is always open for residents. They can stop in at any time and I encourage them to stop in and see me," he said.