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Five final candidates have been chosen to be considered to be Charleston’s next police chief following the death earlier this year of Chief Luther Reynolds. 

The finalists, who include three current city police veterans with more than 20 years of experience , were chosen from a group of 34 top candidates who applied from across the country. The Police Executive Research Forum, or PERF, conducted the search and narrowed down the candidates. The candidates include (in alphabetical order):

  • Police Chief Robert Bage, who currently heads the Fort Walton Beach Police Department in Florida.
  • Assistant Chief Shunta Boston, who currently serves under the Sun Prairie Police Department in Wisconsin.
  • Charleston Police Captain Jason Bruder, a 21-year veteran of the Charleston Police Department.
  • Interim Charleston Police Chief Chito Walker, who has been at the agency since 2000.
  • Deputy Charlestn Police Chief Jack Weiss, who joined the department in December 1997.

Each of the candidates will meet with Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and members of city council during a special meeting next week. 

In other news:

CP NEWS: Allegations of incompetence, dysfunction lobbed after secret Charleston school board meeting. More than three dozen people appeared upset Monday after waiting almost two hours to hear why the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees voted to meet in secret to discuss the contract of newly hired Superintendent Eric Gallien.

USC marks 60th anniversary of end of segregation. The University of South Carolina on Monday marked the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the site where a 12-foot bronze monument will next year stand to honor three Black students who integrated the institution. Also Monday, people across South Carolina marked the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy in which thousands died after terrorists hijacked and crashed four jets.

FDA approves new Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer and its partner BioNTech were approved Monday for people 12 and older and under an emergency use authorization for children ages 6 months to 11 years old.

Charleston area home sales decline for 2nd year in a row. Home sales across the Charleston region dipped again in August, continuing a slide that started 24 months ago.

North Charleston mayoral candidate seeks more time to move home. The North Charleston Sewer District gave councilwoman and mayoral candidate Rhonda Jerome 30 days to move her mobile home from the district’s land. Now, Jerome and her team are working to extend the deadline to move to March.

James Island welcomes new emergency room. James Island Emergency will open today on Folly Road, offering advanced imaging and lab services, 11 beds, and telemedicine availability.

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