I have proudly served the people of the City of North Charleston as a police officer for nearly 34 years. During that time, I have walked the streets of this amazing and dynamic city to make myself available to all, to build bonds, and to show that all great things can be accomplished through when we work together.
In 2018, I was given the privilege of leading the North Charleston Police Department as Chief of Police. Since that day, I have remained committed to my promise to serve and protect every citizen of this city that I love, grew up in, and call home.
While I am thankful for every day that I have served our community, Mayor Summey has shown me that there are often other important ways to serve, and I have given that great thought. As my time as Chief comes to an end, I know that this position will not be my final destination.
Today, I am announcing, my retirement as Police Chief effective May 1, 2023.
Together with Mayor Summey and my department leadership team, I will be working to ensure a smooth transition within the Police Department. With the depth and quality of our top-level leaders, I am confident that this department will continue to serve and grow under my successor.
I am sure some will also ask of my long-term goal. Details of how I hope to work on behalf of the people of North Charleston will come very soon.
I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mayor Summey, City Council, and most importantly, the people / citizens of North Charleston. You all have given me the opportunity to serve and accomplish so much in my 34 years with the North Charleston Police Department and I want to thank you all for your support and trust over the years.
From Mayor Keith Summey:
I am happy to join the community in celebrating Chief Reggie Burgess and his esteemed career. Chief Burgess has been a dedicated public servant for almost 34 years, and we are grateful for his commitment to the City of North Charleston.
As Chief of Police, Reggie has led the department with distinction and honor, and his passion for serving the community has been an inspiration to us all. He has worked tirelessly to build bridges and trust between the department and the citizens of North Charleston. We look forward to the future contributions of Chief Burgess.
On behalf of City Council and the citizens of North Charleston, I extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Chief Burgess on his upcoming retirement. We are grateful for his many years of service and the legacy he leaves behind.