Charleston City Council Officially Confirms New Charleston Police Chief


The Charleston Police Department welcomes a seasoned veteran as its new torchbearer.

After an extensive nationwide search, the Charleston City Council, in a significant decision on Tuesday, officially crowned Chito Walker as the Chief of Police. This pivotal announcement comes on the heels of Mayor John Tecklenburg’s endorsement of Chief Walker for the esteemed position.

A dedicated servant of Charleston since 2000, Chief Walker’s journey with the department has been nothing short of remarkable. From his early days patrolling the streets, to his meticulous work as a detective, his bravery as a SWAT operator, and his leadership as a supervisor, he has donned many hats with distinction. In 2020, he ascended to the role of Deputy Chief, overseeing the Procedural Justice and Community Policing Bureau. His interim chief stint further solidified his credentials, making him the perfect choice for the top job.

The heartwarming ceremony at City Hall saw Chief Walker surrounded by his proud family, supportive colleagues, and Caroline Reynolds, the wife of the late Chief Luther Reynolds, commemorating this monumental moment in Charleston’s law enforcement history.