Retiring Mount Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell will soon become a crisis chaplain, filling the shoes of a chaplain leaving to become a police chief.
Well, Sewell’s new employer, the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, hopes to make everything clear today at a 2 p.m. press conference at Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Park to formally announce his hiring.
Sewell, 52, is stepping down as the town’s top cop Dec. 31 and will assume his new duties as deputy senior chaplain the following day, according to a news release. Sewell takes over for Chaplain Eddie Driggers, who was recently named North Charleston’s new police chief. Driggers replaces Jon Zumalt, who is retiring in January.
In leaving law enforcement, Sewell wanted to pursue service in the Christian ministry, he said; he desires “to serve my Lord, Jesus Christ.”
The Rev. Rob Dewey, the chaplaincy’s founder and senior chaplain, said he is delighted to have Sewell come on board.
“My prayer is that he will help us build an even better ministry to serve first responders and the public in times of need,” he said.
Sewell, who announced his retirement as police chief last week, served 22 years on the town’s police force. He became police chief in Mount Pleasant in 2007 after serving periodically as acting chief for three years.
Sewell joined the police department in 1990. Prior to that, he served two years with the State Ports Authority police.
The chaplaincy, founded in 1990, is a nonprofit organization that works closely with police and other emergency agencies in the Charleston area to provide assistance during crisis situations.