New police chief for Mt. Pleasant

January 5, 2013 by  

This week marks the first week in 22 years that the town of Mt. Pleasant will have a new chief of police. Major Carl Ritchie was pinned with a collar brass by Mayor Billy Swails in a ceremony at the Town Hall Gym. Flyer printing and poster printing are no doubt being used by the town to make this announcement to its residents.

According to Swails, with Ritchie’s excellent police skills, 24 years of experience in law enforcement, and a deep understanding of the police department of Mt. Pleasant and its staff, Ritchie is an ideal police chief for the town. He feels that the town is fortunate to have him on board in this leadership role.

Chief Ritchie was awarded the CCAF degree in Criminal Justice from the United States Air Force Air University and also graduated from the Institute for Departmental Management and Leadership at the University of South Carolina.

His career began while on active duty as a Security Forces member in the United States Air Force and as a Special Agent while a Reservist with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. His law enforcement career started in 1988 when he became a police officer with the Police Department of the City of North Charleston. A year later, he joined the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, working in Uniform Patrol, Narcotics, Traffic and Criminal Investigation as he rose through the ranks to Major of the Operations Bureau. He is an active community member and has coached recreational football teams for many years.