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Greenville Police Chief Retiring Effective February 2

Greenville Police Chief Scott Smith

Greenville Police Chief Scott Smith has decided to retire effective February 2, 2022. Assistant Chief William Cole will serve as Acting Chief upon Smith’s retirement. Smith has been serving in his current role since March 2019.

The City of Greenville Police Department (GPD) first employed Smith on May 2, 1983, as a Patrol Officer. He received his Intermediate Police Officer Certification on May 23, 1987, and they promoted him to Sergeant in 1988. Then Scott received his Advanced Peace Officer certification in 1990, his Master Peace Officer Certification in 1994, and became Lieutenant in 1995. In 2004, Scott made Assistant Chief. In addition, he has served as an instructor, Field Training Officer (FTO), negotiator, and investigator with the GPD.

Chief Smith stated, ”Be safe, be healthy, and continue to love others in closing thoughts to his officers. Defend our precious Constitution and treat others as you’d want to be treated. Do not be fearful. Remember that it’s the evil you are fighting and not the people.”

The City of Greenville appreciates his 39 years of service, and the department will significantly miss him.