Ninety Six Mayor Arvest Turner, right, shakes hands with newly-minted Police Chief Chris Porter, center, during Tuesday night's town council meeting at the town's Visitor's Center. Porter was sworn in as the permanent chief and his father, a 30-year Greenville County deputy, was on hand for the ceremony.
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Ninety Six Mayor Arvest Turner, right, shakes hands with newly-minted Police Chief Chris Porter, center, during Tuesday night's town council meeting at the town's Visitor's Center. Porter was sworn in as the permanent chief and his father, a 30-year Greenville County deputy, was on hand for the ceremony. (SUBMITTED)
The Ninety Six Police Department officially entered a new regime Tuesday night as town officials swore Chris Porter in as the new police chief.
Prior to Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony, Porter served more than three months as Ninety Six's acting chief. Mayor Arvest Turner made him the interim top cop in November in the wake of the former chief 's departure. With this week's move, which was approved unanimously by council members, Porter shed the "interim" from his title and assumed the post as permanent chief.


"I'm encouraged, I know he'll do a good job and I have confidence in him," said Arvest, who initiated the appointment. "Just in the three months since he's been there, he's been very thorough on the things that need to be done and the proper way they need to be done."
Town officials voted 7-0 to confirm Turner's decision to install Porter, who has been with the department the past six years. The 41-year-old Greenville County native's father, a deputy with 30-plus years under his belt, joined him as he took his oath of office.

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