Andrews names its first female chief of police

Jennifer Flowers has been named the chief of police for the town of Andrews, making her the first female police chief in the town's 100-year history.

Flowers has been the interim chief for about three months, and Mayor Rodney Giles said her dedication to the job and the community made him decide to take away the "interim" in her title.

"She fit right in place," Giles said. "So I decided to just keep her there."

Former Andrews Police Chief Harvey Knox resigned from his post in April and shortly thereafter Flowers was named the interim chief.

Flowers was hired by the Andrews Police Department in 2009, and before that she worked for 11 years with the Georgetown County Sherriff's Office.

Flowers could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but Giles said she was surprised to be chosen.

"She said when she started [as interim chief] she wanted to do the best job she could," he said. "She didn't want to let this community down."

Giles said that Flowers seemed to raise morale in the police department.

He said Flowers was "home grown," having been raised in Andrews, a town of about 3,000 people located west of Georgetown.

"Hopefully she can bring the community together," Giles said.