The South Carolina Highway Patrol has named James C. Filyaw captain of Troop Six, which includes Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Jasper, Colleton and Beaufort counties.

Filyaw has been with the patrol for 29 years. He is filling a position left vacant when former Capt. Chris Williamson was promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred to patrol headquarters in Blythewood earlier this year, patrol spokesman Cpl. Bob Beres said.

A native of Lake City, Filyaw joined the patrol in 1983, in Barnwell County. Through the years, he has primarily worked in Barnwell, Aiken and Orangeburg counties, Beres said.

“Capt. Filyaw is a career trooper who understands how to use proactive enforcement to reduce collisions and fatalities,” the patrol’s Col. Mike Oliver said. “He is well-regarded by the troopers in the field and we are proud to have him command this heavily travelled area of our state,” he said.

Filyaw and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Jami. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys shooting sports. He graduated from the Budget and Control Board’s Certified Public Managers School in May 2009.