by Paul Bowers
Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell announced his retirement today, effective Dec. 31. In a press release, he said he was leaving the post to pursue Christian ministry:
Over the last year or so, I have been getting a strong call to go into the ministry to serve my Lord, Jesus Christ; therefore, I am going to pursue this calling.
Sewell said he would be limiting his comments on his plans until he had discussed them further with Mayor Billy Swails and Town Council.
Town Administrator Eric DeMoura spoke highly of Sewell's 22-year career with the Town of Mt. Pleasant in another press release:
Despite the challenges associated with our immense growth and the nation’s economic downturn, Harry positioned the Mount Pleasant Police Department to be one of the finest in America, as evidenced by our accreditation reports. His professionalism and unwavering commitment to serving the citizens of Mount Pleasant is something we are truly thankful for and something we will undoubtedly miss. Harry is a great man and a top-notch police chief the finest. I am honored to call him my friend. We wish him the best as he pursues the next chapter in his life.
As town administrator, DeMoura has the authority to appoint the next police chief, and he said in a press release that he believes the Mt. Pleasant Police Department has enough talent within its ranks to promote someone internally. He said he will meet with Town Council "immediately" to begin discussing who will replace Sewell.
Sewell is the second local police chief to announce his retirement in the past month. North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt announced Oct. 30 that he will be retiring, effective Jan. 31. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey has already selected chaplain and retired North Charleston police officer Eddie Driggers to fill that position.