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Pawleys Island: Decision due today on police chief

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

There are three candidates left for the job of Pawleys Island police chief, and Town Council is scheduled to pick one this afternoon.

Kirk Corley, a lieutenant with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Matt Elliott and Cpl. Mike Fanning, both Pawleys police officers were interviewed Monday by the council.

Jim Arnold, a retired Georgetown Police officer, withdrew. “He said he wanted to stay retired,” Mayor Bill Otis said.

Chief Guy Osborne will retire at the end of August after 10 years with the town and 41 in law enforcement. “It isn’t a challenge for me anymore,” Osborne said while waiting for the council to complete its interviews Monday. “I’ve done all I can do.”

The three candidates had 20 minutes to explain their vision for the police department, then answered questions from council members during a closed-door session.

“If it was an easy decision, it would already be made,” Otis said.

Council Members Mary McAllister and Sarah Zimmerman said they wanted more time to consider what they heard.

After the interviews, the three finalists sat through the Town Council’s monthly meeting. Corley said it was refreshing to hear a council that seems to get along.

He was with Kershaw County for 21 years and was commander when he left. He now heads the patrol division in Calhoun County.

Elliott has been with the police department since 2003. He was hired by Osborne as the town’s third officer.

Fanning joined the department in 2007. He moved to Pawleys Island after retiring from the New York City Police Department, where he was a 20-year veteran.

The Pawleys Island Police Department has five full-time and four part-time officers. This year is the first time it has been able to offer 24-hour coverage of the town.

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