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New Cayce police chief aims to add officers, build relationships

New Cayce Police Chief Byron Snellgrove wants to grow the department.
New Cayce Police Chief Byron Snellgrove wants to grow the department.

Cayce’s new police chief has worked his way up the ranks in city law enforcement not once, but twice.

Byron Snellgrove, 51, first came to the Cayce Department of Public Safety in 1997 and rose to the position of lieutenant. After leaving to work narcotics with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, he came back to Cayce in 2012 and worked his way up to lieutenant once again.

“I know the department,” Snellgrove said. “I know where the department’s going. I know the city (and) I know the people in the city.”

Snellgrove is replacing Charles McNair who retired this spring after 16 years heading the city department of public safety overseeing police officers and firefighters.

Snellgrove started his career in law enforcement as a Beaufort County deputy nearly three decades ago.

In his new role, Snellgrove is looking to expand the ranks of Cayce officers. He said he needs three or four additional on top of the 71-member staff there now almost immediately, with several more in years to come.

Adding manpower has been a longtime goal that has happened slowly over the last several years as city leaders juggle staffing needs with financial constraints.

Meanwhile, Snellgrove aims to continue building relationships between police and residents.

In his new position, Snellgrove will make $77,000 a year, City Manager Rebecca Vance said.

He was picked from among about 30 applicants, according to city spokeswoman Ashley Hunter.

Due to experiences while a narcotics investigator, Snellgrove declined to discuss his family for safety.

In his spare time, Snellgrove likes to get out on a motorcycle that he said is built for someone tall. “It’s a big bike. It’s got to be – I’m a big guy,” said Snellgrove, who stands well over 6 feet tall.

He likes the sense of carefree adventure that riding it provides. “When I jump on it, I never really know where the road is going to take me,” he said.

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