Cooper Stepping Down as Charleston Police Chief

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According to Mayor Danny Jones, Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper will step down at the end of this year.

The announcement was made by Mayor Jones at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Cooper will take on a new role as the head of the Charleston Sanitary Board. 

Cooper has been with the Charleston Police department for 24 years. He was sworn in as Chief of Police in September of 2017. 

“I knew she (Goodwin) couldn’t keep him,” said Mayor Jones. “There is no way that would have worked and that is not her fault, his fault, perhaps it my fault.”

Jones added, “Cooper was stuck with me, my brand doesn’t work with this new administration. They needed a new police chief.” He added, “Goodwin’s burden is going to be who to pick to replace him.”

Mayor-elect Amy Goodwin will choose the next chief. No word on who that will be at this time. ‘

Also at Monday night’s meeting, Jones announced more changes to the city officials positions with the new administration. Those leaving include: 

  • Rodney Blackstone – Senior Assistant to the Mayor 
  • David Molgaard – City Manager 
  • Shannon Milroy – Purchasing Director 
  • Paul Ellis – City Attorney 
  • Grant Gunnoe – Homeland Security
  • Sherry Risk – Director, MOECD
  • John Charnock – Director, Parks & Recreation 
  • Deanna Sheets – Director of Strategic Operations 
  • Mary Dickerson – Director of Traffic, Parking & Transportation 

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