By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Contributing Editor
Sullivan’s Island Police Chief Daniel Howard has resigned, effective March 1, 2017. Mayor Patrick O’Neil told Island Eye News that Howard chose to submit his resignation for personal reasons. The resignation letter was delivered on the same day it was effective, March 1, according to the Mayor.
“We are grateful for his dedication and service to the department and island, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” O’Neil said.
An ad hoc committee consisting of the Mayor, Town Administrator Andy Benke, Public Safety Committee Chair Chauncey Clark and Administration Committee Chair Mark Howard, Daniel Howard’s brother, has been formed to search for a new chief.
The committee has yet to meet but when it does O’Neil said the first order of business will be to outline the parameters of the search. “It’s such an important post, the responsibilities and functions cut across several of the standing town council committees.” In the meantime, the Mayor says it will be business as usual.
“I don’t expect citizens to see anything different. And all our officers are seeing this as an opportunity to step up.” In the interim the department is being run by Benke in the position of Acting Chief, and officer in charge Lt. Chris Griffin.
Howard joined the department in 1983 and, following a brief sojourn with the South Carolina Highway Patrol from 1985 to 1987, returned to the department. He was promoted first to Deputy Chief and then to Chief in 1997.