McCravy recognizes Chief Gerald Brooks upon receiving Governor’s Award

From left are state Rep. John McCravy, Greenwood Mayor Brandon Smith, former Greenwood Police Chief Gerald Brooks and Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly.

State Rep. John R. McCravy III presented former Greenwood Police Chief Gerald Brooks the Order of the Palmetto on behalf of Gov. Henry McMaster.

McCravy praised the work of the police department and of all law enforcement officers. McCravy said, “All the men and women who serve on the front lines of law enforcement deserve our thanks, our appreciation and our respect.”

He thinks “it is because of the sacrifice of the brave men and women of law enforcement that we have peace and justice in our society.”

McCravy spoke on how essential law enforcement is in all areas of life.

Brooks began his career in law enforcement in 1976 at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. He has also served as a firefighter with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department.

During a seven-year stint at SLED, he served as captain and special agent of the arson team and bomb squad. He served on the governor’s task force for domestic violence and on the U.S. attorney’s anti-terrorism advisory committee. While serving Greenwood as police chief, he implemented a K-9 unit, victim’s service unit, school resource office program and neighborhood watch program. He had an honorable career as chief of police for Greenwood for 28 years.

McCravy congratulated Brooks on his successful career and thanked him for his decades of service to the community of Greenwood and state of South Carolina. Greenwood Mayor Brandon Smith, along with Sheriff Dennis Kelly, were also on hand to congratulate Brooks on his outstanding career accomplishments.

Submitted by Caroline Taylor