Mount Pleasant police say goodbye to Police Chief Sewell

Sewell passes the guards over to Ritchie

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Mount Pleasant town leaders celebrated the service of a departing police chief and the beginning for another on Friday.

Chief Harry Sewell said goodbye to a police force that he has led for more than two decades.{} Sewell announced that he would retire last month and would now serve as a chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

"I think being a part of a police department that is one of the most professional in the state and watching it grow from 38 members to 149 we have now and the caliber of officers we have going, and the 44 civilians on top of that. I'm just proud to be a part of that. To watch a well oiled machine and not necessarily leading it, but working with it," said Sewell on Friday at his retirement party.

Sewell will be replaced by Carl Ritchie on Jan. 1.{} Ritchie has been a part of the Mount Pleasant Police force for 24 years and says that he plans to keep the good things going at the department.

"I have big shoes to fill. I'm replacing a chief of police who has done an outstanding job and y'all heard me talking about how we grew up together in this agency. I've been here 24 years, so I know the men and women in this agency. I know how professional they are. I'm stepping into an agency that's already working great. I look forward to taking it to bigger and better places," said Ritchie.