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New Rock Hill Police Chief takes Oath of Office

Captain Chris Watts Captain Chris Watts

The City of Rock Hill narrowed its search for a new Police Chief to three internal candidates, and then Tuesday morning Chris Watts took the Oath of Office.

Captain Chris Watt, Captain Steven Parker, and Lieutenant Brad Redfearn were the finalists out of more than 100 applications.

Chief Chris Watts is now the 21st Chief in Rock Hill's history, and he's the first in-house candidate in 35 years.

Watts joined the Department in 1988 and received his Associate's Degree from USCL in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree from Anderson University. He expects to complete it this year.

Mayor Doug Echols told CN2 News why Watts was the right choice, "this is someone who's come up through the ranks and who is very much ingrained.. a part of the Rock Hill Police Department."

Watts said he wants to build stronger community relations and improve the public trust.

Chief Watts will oversee 140 officers. He takes over for John Gregory who retired in December.

During the search for the new Rock Hill Police Chief, the City worked with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, hosted forums with Police Department employees, hosted two public forums, and conducted an extensive public survey process.  Interviews were then conducted before the finalists were named.

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