A CLOSER LOOK
Ninety Six Police Department interim boss settling in comfortably
Sunday, December 22, 2013 11:00 PM
Christopher Porter, an officer with nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience, took over as the acting Ninety Six police chief in November.
(Matt Bruce | Index Journal)
It’s been seven weeks since town officials put Chris Porter at the helm of the Ninety Six Police Department.
Ninety Six Mayor Arvest Turner appointed Porter to be the town’s interim police chief Nov. 11, following a vote by the council to terminate former chief Robert Shingler from his post of five years.
While the move to the top of PD might have come abruptly for the six-year veteran of the force, it was nothing new for him. Porter, a 41-year-old Greenville County native, boasts nearly 20 years of law-enforcement experience across the state, including four years as a full-time police chief.
“It’s kind of like riding a bicycle, I guess. It all just came back to me,” he said. “I like Ninety Six. Ninety Six is a quiet little town. I pretty much grew up in Traveler’s Rest, so it kind of reminds me of how Traveler’s Rest used to be before they got their Wal-Mart and they grew up a little bit.”
Porter began his career in Ninety Six as a patrolman and quickly worked his way up to sergeant. He eventually was named lieutenant, a rank renamed to captain when the department reorganized it positions about eight months ago. That was Porter’s designation before Shingler’s departure last month.
Porter said the former chief helped him earn his job in Ninety Six. Both came to town from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office where they worked together. Shingler came a few months prior to Porter’s arrival and recruited him to the smaller police force. He remembers working with Shingler to establish a reserve program for the department, which now boasts three reserve officers.
Mac Boudreau, who was hired on to be a full-time patrolman in May, started out as an internal intern while he was a student at Piedmont Tech. He then became one of Ninety Six’s reserve officers and remained there until a position became available.
“He’s a good guy,” Boudreau said of Porter. “He’ll be there for you and basically do anything for you in his means. I’m proud to work for him.”
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