[image-1]With one month left until Charleston Chief of Police Greg Mullen officially retires, an interim police chief has been named to take over his duties, while a national search is conducted to find a permanent replacement.

It was announced Friday that Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor will serve as interim police chief, beginning Aug. 1. With more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, Taylor served in Vietnam during his time in the U.S. Navy. As a reserve officer, Taylor was called back into active duty during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, before eventually retiring as a chief petty officer.

“Public safety is the first job of government and, for over 40 years, it has been the first job of Jerome Taylor. I know that our city will be in good hands under his guidance as interim police chief,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Chief Mullen, who announced his retirement earlier this month after more than 10 years as Charleston’s chief of police, voiced his support for the new appointment, saying Taylor has continually proven his dedication to the department. Most recently, Taylor has served as commander of the CPD’s Investigations and Community Outreach Bureau of the CPD. He has also served the department as SWAT team commander, and commander of the CPD Operations Bureau, Central Investigations Division, and Uniform Patrol division.

“It is an honor to be called on by Mayor Tecklenburg to lead the Charleston Police Department as interim police chief,” said Taylor. “I look forward to serving the Charleston community in this capacity, alongside the extraordinary men and women of the CPD.”