Surfside Beach Police Chief resigns

akelley@thesunnews.comOctober 16, 2012 

Surfside Beach will be looking for a new police chief following the resignation of Mike Frederick who is stepping down to take a position with Santee Cooper.

Frederick has been Police Chief in Surfside Beach since 2010. On Tuesday, Frederick said he and his family will continue living in Surfside Beach.

He will be a special agent and will investigate crimes against the state-owned power company and will be stationed in Myrtle Beach.

Frederick verbally tendered his resignation last Friday and submitted a written two-week notice Tuesday, said Micki Fellner, Town Administrator. His last day is Oct. 28.

Fellner said she will speak with Town Council at the regular meeting on Oct. 23 to discuss her strategy moving forward. She said she has an idea of the best way to handle finding a new chief and putting someone in charge during the hiring process, but said that information won’t be revealed until the Town Council gives approval at the meeting.

Fellner said there are likely two options for the town while looking for a new chief.

“One would be to appoint an interim chief,” she said. “The other would be just to let the highest ranking staff member in the [police department] act in that capacity.”

While Frederick has been at the helm of the department, crime rates have been reduced and the number of solved or completed cases has increased.

In 2011, the department was named the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association/Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. Earlier this year, the S.C. Department of Public Safety named the department the DUI Agency of the Year.

Frederick said he is proud of the officers in the department and confident Surfside Beach Police will maintain the quality of service in the town.

In his letter of resignation to Fellner dated Oct. 15, he explained his leaving saying he has enjoyed his time working in Surfside Beach, but that, “A personal and profession opportunity simply arose unexpectedly and it’s one which will afford me the opportunity to fully utilize my threat assessment and counter-terrorism background.”

Frederick is a former paratrooper with the U.S. Army, military police officer and member of a U.S. joint counter-terrorist task force for a federal agency. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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