The new director of Harlem’s Department of Public Safety started work Monday.
Harlem resident David Sward was hired Friday as police chief, Harlem City Manager Jason Rizner said in an e-mail.
Sward, who most recently served as a lieutenant with the Regional Youth Development Center in Augusta, previously worked as a chief deputy and investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He has also worked as a training director for a private security company in Mississippi.
“We are confident that he will be a major asset to both the Public Safety Department and the city as a whole,” Rizner said.
Sward replaces the department’s interim director, Benjie Cowart, who took the job in September following the resignation of Jesse Bowman.