NORTH CHARLETON, S.C. (WCIV) – North Charleston's new police chief is nostranger to law enforcement. The 58-year-old is a retired police veteran whomost recently worked as a chaplain.
He believes the calling prepared him for his newest role.
"I recognize my badge as a symbol of public trust," saidEddie Driggers. "I am who I am."
Driggers wears his heart on his sleeve.
""I could feel the presence of those who've gone beforeme in that room this morning and that was pretty powerful for me. My mother, my father and all those policeofficers men and women I've served with," he said.
But as of Monday morning, Driggers is also North Charleston's newest top cop. Driggers said his best asset is his abilityto listen.
"I intend to take care of people while I'm here," he said.
But already, he's had to embrace some criticism. He was handpicked by the mayor, a long time friend. Some thought there should have been a broader search.
"I was just as surprised as this community when I wascalled into the mayor's office and asked to take this position," he said,adding it was not a proposition he and his wife took lightly.
He's already sounding off on a big national talking point –police in schools. Driggers said he wants to see officers in the hallways.
"I think it's valuable to put the right people in theright places so those children can see that law enforcement is there as a friendof theirs," he said.
Driggers replaced Jon Zumalt, who retired after serving 11years.