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City of Conway hires new police chief

The Conway City Council chose Dale Long as the city's new police chief. He has been with the department since 2010.
The Conway City Council chose Dale Long as the city's new police chief. He has been with the department since 2010. City of Conway

The City of Conway has chosen a new police chief.

Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy announced the decision after an executive session Monday night.

His name is Dale Long, who's currently serving as a detective sergeant with Conway Police Department.

"He has exhibited the characteristics we’re looking for in a chief," said City Administrator Adam Emrick. "I think he’s going to do great. He’s been with the city and county, and private, so I think he’s covered the gamut."

He started his career as a patrolman with Horry County Police in 1986, according to his job application. In 1996, he left to serve as an investigator with the with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s office. He retired from that job in 2006, and began working as a security officer at Beach First National Bank.

He left his security job and restarted his career with Conway PD in 2010 as a patrol officer, according to his application.

He has a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina University and an associate degree in criminal justice from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

In his role as a detective sergeant, Long supervised five detectives, one crime scene investigator, two street crime unit officers, an officer assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit, one K-9 handler and a victim's advocate, according to his application.

"He’s been here his whole life," Emrick said.

Long will replace Chief Reggie Gosnell, who spent more than 10 years as chief. He retired at the end of 2017, and Capt. Tammy Carter has been leading the department in the interim.

The position comes with an entry-level salary of $74,395, according to the city's job posting.

An earlier version of this story said Dale Long was a prosecutor. He was actually an investigator with the solicitor's office.

Chrisitian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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