Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5214 Changing of the guard Matt Hamby, began his policing career as a patrol of- ficer with the City of Greer in 1993, with a personal vow to work his way up the chain of command. That dedication paid off 24 years later as Hamby has been selected to serve as the depart- ment’s new Chief of Police. That announce- ment means Ham- by will be promot- ed from his current rank of captain and will assume leadership of the department in late March upon the retirement of Police Chief Dan Reynolds. “We conducted a national search and received 50 applications, some internal and some from as far away as California and Utah,” Driggers said. “We narrowed the field to 25 and then to eight. Capt. Hamby contin- ued to rise with each cut and it became apparent that the candidate with the right combination of experience, training and education was already among our ranks.” Driggers said members of Greer City Council were fully supportive of his decision. He added that three in- ternal applicants were among the top eight candidates, reflecting the quality of the police department. Familiarity with the department and its personnel will make the transition easier, according to Hamby. “I’ve seen the City of Greer go through a lot of changes and growth over the years. I feel like I’m a part of the culture of Greer and look forward to many more years here,” he said. “I’m extremely honored and appreciative to have this opportunity. I can’t think of a better place to serve in this capacity.” Hamby was promoted to captain in 2014, serving as second in command of the department. In that role, he has provided supervision of all division command- ers, ensured compliance with department general or- ders, rules, regulations and standards, and represented the department at a variety of community events. From 2000-2014 he fulfilled lieutenant duties in the Operational Support, Criminal Investigation, and the Uniform Patrol divisions. He previously served as a sergeant with the Uniform Patrol Divi- sion and Traffic Unit, and an officer with the Traffic and Patrol units. Hamby has been honored as the Greer Police Department’s Rookie of the Year and Officer of the Year. His diverse ex- perience within the department includes responsibility for uni- form patrol, telecom- munications, traffic investigations, the de- tention facility, crimi- nal investigations, vice and narcotics, crime analysis, crime mapping, commu- nity policing, internal affairs, policy development and administration. “Capt. Hamby is unequivocally prepared to lead the City of Greer Police Department,” Chief Reynolds said. “He has displayed professionalism and tremen- dous ability during each assignment during his career and has earned the respect of our command staff and of- ficers. I’m confident that the department will remain on the cutting edge of law enforcement issues and trends to protect and serve the citizens of Greer.” A native of Greenville and graduate of Mauldin High School, Hamby holds a bachelor’s degree in crim- inal justice from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in criminal justice 2012 Anderson Uni- versity’s Command College of South Carolina. He is a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Acad- emy and holds membership in the International Asso- ciation of Chiefs of Police, the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association and the South Carolina Law En- forcement Officers Association. A graduate of Lead- ership Greer, Hamby is on the Board of Directors for Greer Relief and Resources Agency and a volunteer for multiple youth, church and civic activities. “I want to thank Chief Reynolds for the 12 years he has spent investing in our employees, values, educa- tion and training,” Hamby said, “His legacy will defi- nitely be the investment he has made in our people. He has done so much for me, personally, to put me in a position to take the reins as chief of the department.” Matt Hamby is well-prepared for his new role as Greer’s Chief of Police Capt. Matt Hamby meets with members of the news media after being named as the City of Greer’s new Police Chief.