Rinehart Officially Named S.C. Chief

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

A Charleston Police lieutenant is leaving his prominent position to take a step up in a neighboring city. Lt. Brad Rinehart has officially been appointed to chief of police at the South Charleston Police Department. He starts at the first of the month.

This is a story you saw first on WSAZ.com last week.

Rinehart says the chief's job is one he gladly accepts. He will retire from the Charleston Police department next week -- a department he's served on for 28 years. Now, he's moving to a new city, a new title, and in a whole new direction.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Rinehart. "I'm a little bit excited, a little bit nervous, and a little bit sad I'm leaving after all those years."

Lt. Brad Rinehart has continued to climb the ranks in Charleston for nearly 30 years. It's safe to say chief of police is a title he's thought about. Now, it's reality in the city where he resides.

"He really hit a homerun with me," said Frank Mullens, South Charleston mayor-elect.

For a department where the bases are apparently loaded with problems, Mullens says Rinehart is the man for the job. The mayor-elect wants to watch police protection go in a different direction.

"I want a better rapport and a better reputation amongst the general public," said Rinehart.

In the past, police say morale in South Charleston is low. According to cops, there are not enough officers or pay to get the job done.

"I want to address some of those things. i want to go down there and see why morale is low, see if i can put a pinpoint on it.. and they are undermanned from what i understand," said Rinehart.

The new chief has been appointed to fix a problem, but it could take time and some convincing to get everyone on board.

Lt. Rinehart says he has a lot to learn about this new position, but mayor-elect Frank Mullens says he's confident he's made the right decision to point his city in a promising direction.

Rinehart will be sworn in July 1st.

Chief Eddie Amburgey is the current police chief. He'll return to his former position with the force. He's been the chief since April.

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