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Horry County Fire Rescue to Host Community Safety Day

Conway, South Carolina—Horry County Fire Rescue will be holding a Community Safety Day Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport.

This community public education event will feature representatives from Horry County Fire Rescue, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Emergency Management, Horry County Public Information as well as Grand Strand Health and Molina Healthcare of South Carolina.

There will be demonstrations and information on EMS, Investigations, Volunteer and Career Recruitment, Stop the Bleed, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness Kits.

“Public safety agencies exist not only to respond to emergencies after the fact but to prevent or reduce the effects of their occurrence in the first place,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Nash. “The Community Safety Day is a great way for Horry County Fire Rescue EMS to partner with other community organizations, and proactively go out into the community to discuss Community Risk Reduction.”

This family-friendly event will have giveaways as well as offer a chance for members of the community to see Horry County Fire Rescue, Horry County Sheriff’s Office and Horry County Police Department vehicles and officers up close. Media is welcome to attend.

Joseph Huffman Named New Assistant County Administrator

Conway, South Carolina – Joseph Huffman, will become Horry County’s new Assistant County Administrator of Public Safety. Huffman has been the City Manager of Pascagoula, Mississippi, since 2011 and is scheduled to begin work in Horry County on May 22.

“We welcome Joseph to Horry County as he brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous government experience in Mississippi and North Carolina,” stated County Administrator Chris Eldridge. “Joseph will be a strong and solid manager for our organization, and we are excited he is joining our team.”

Under the Public Safety Division, Huffman will oversee the following: police, fire/ems, emergency management and E911 as well as being the liaison with several other elected and appointed officials to include the Coroner, Sheriff, Magistrates, Public Defender, and the Solicitor.

Huffman was chosen from among 153 applicants for the position.  Huffman was the City Manager of Pascagoula, MS, for the past five years and was responsible for all operations of a full-service coastal municipality. Prior to Pascagoula, Huffman was a city manager throughout North Carolina to include the City of Goldsboro (2005-2011), City of Laurinburg (1999-2005), City of Havelock (1994-1999), and was also a corrections officer/sergeant at the State of North Carolina Department of Corrections (1981-1989).

Huffman received his Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolilna.

Joseph Hill Named Horry County's New Police Chief

Conway, South Carolina – After a national search, Joseph Hill has been named the new Chief of Police for Horry County.

Hill is scheduled to begin his employment with Horry County on Monday, September 26.

"Horry County is extremely fortunate to have Joe join our team as he comes with a wealth of experience, is a strong and respected leader, and has a passion for community engagement and community problem solving to reduce crime and the fear of crime,” stated Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge. 

“Joe is the best of the best,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “His commitment to serve and protect has been echoed throughout his distinguished career in Virginia and by the very citizens he has served. I encourage the community to embrace him and once you meet him, there will be no doubt he is the right person for the job.”

Joe Hill, was a 28-year member of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia and worked his way up in the department from patrol officer to the rank of Major. He assisted in the supervision of a $184 million budget with 1377 sworn officers and over 200 civilian staff. He prides himself as a community police officer/commander who engages the citizens to solve problems and connect them to the very best services the police department can provide.