West Pelzer to swear in new police chief July 9

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The community is invited to attend the swearing-in and reception for West Pelzer’s new Police Chief Alexis Eliopoulos on July 9. The ceremony will be held at the West Pelzer Municipal Center located at 30 Main Street. Town of West Pelzer Municipal Court Presiding Judge Mary Francis Cole will administer the oath of office to Chief Eliopoulos.
Mayor Blake Sanders recently selected officer Eliopoulos to serve as West Pelzer’s Police Chief after Chief Chris Brewer announced his retirement earlier this year. Eliopoulos emerged as the top candidate for the position after discussing with Chief Brewer and casting a renewed vision for a strengthened department, Mayor Sanders said.
Chief Eliopoulos began her public safety career in the City of Anderson where she served as a Corporal on the DUI Task Force and Street Crimes Units. She then served in local municipal departments before electing to serve as a Sergeant for the Clemson University Police Department, working with a diverse population responding to calls for service, crime investigation, and protection of people and property.
Since joining the West Pelzer Police Department in 2017, Eliopoulos has focused on answering calls for service, crime investigating, traffic enforcement, as well as leading the training for all full and part-time officers. Chief Eliopoulos desires to continue to be an active Chief in patrol and  investigations but is passionate about building trust between the community and the surrounding public safety agencies through an enriched community engagement.
Chief Eliopoulos earned Police Officer of the Year for the City of Anderson in 2008 and was the 2009-2011 DUI Enforcement Hero Award recipient from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.