New leaders are at the helm of Cheraw’s police and fire departments. Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram last week swore in Keith Thomas as chief of police and Marvin Murray as fire chief.
Both men are native to the community, and have been members of their respective departments for more than 20 years.
“I’m happy for both of them and their families,” said Ingram.
“They have each advanced within their department, taking advantage of opportunities that came their way. And they both worked hard to make those advances happen,” Ingram added.
“Promoting within the department is exactly what we try to do with our town employees,” said Ingram.
Thomas had been serving as interim police chief since March, when former Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks filed as a candidate for Chesterfield County sheriff. Brooks recently won a runoff election for the Democratic nomination and will face Republican candidate Ray Wright for the title of sheriff in November.
Just last summer, Thomas completed FBI training in Quantico, Virginia.
Murray replaces Chris Sellers as fire chief. Sellers, having replaced John L. Melton as chief, served just a little more than a year before retiring.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.