The St. George Police Department has a new chief following the resignation and arrest of its former chief, accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the agency.

Brett Camp was sworn in Dec. 23 and officially started in office Monday. Camp retired from the Florence County Sheriff's Office last year.

"I've had an ambition here for the last several years to be a police chief of a small town," Camp said. "I'd been searching around the state and this became available."

The job opened up when former chief Anthony Britt, 46, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with embezzlement of more than $10,000 in public funds and misconduct in office.

Britt remains free awaiting trial as his case remains pending, according to court records. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

Britt became interim chief in April 2009 and was hired to the full-time position that August.

Three months later, Britt started cashing $14,161.50 in checks meant for the agency for his own use, documents stated. It ended in early May 2013, when the town's mayor noticed a misspent check and asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate, according to officials.

Camp said he is already thinking about ways to enhance the department.

"I definitely want to bring professionalism to the police department and the citizens of St. George," he said. "I want all of my officers to be available and visible in the community and build the department."