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New police chief takes oath

Oct 5, 2010 12:42:00 PM - thestate.com
The Columbia Police Department's new interim chief of police took his oath of office during a brief ceremony this morning.

Interim Chief Randy Scott repeated the simple vows to protect and defend the laws of the state and country before the city's Chief Administrative Judge Dana Turner as dozens of cops and local officials watched. In brief remarks after the swearing in, Scott promised to look out for the best interests of the city's police force and make the department a great place to work.

"The first thing we need to do is make sure the officers of our community are happy," Scott said. "It is my duty to make sure the city of Columbia Police Department is a great place to work. I'm sending word to the community that we're coming to do what these officers want to do and that's serve you."

Scott was a 16-year veteran of the Richland County Sheriff's Department and had recently been named chief deputy by Sheriff Leon Lott.

Lott pinned the Columbia police chief's pin on the lapel of Scott's suit during the ceremony. Then, Lott asked Scott to hand over his old sheriff's department badge.

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