North Charleston says farewell to retiring police chief

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A retirement ceremony was held for North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt Friday afternoon at the Felix Davis Community Center in Park Circle.

"It's been a great 11 years. I love this city. I love the people of this city," Zumalt said.

A large crowd came to commend the work that Zumalt did in his 11 years with the department.

"We are very proud of the job he's done for the city. He's professionalized our police department," Mayor Pro Tem Robert King said.

In Zumalt's speech, he spoke of his gratitude for all the support that he received over the years from council members, and commended the work of the police department. The crime rate in North Charleston was reduced to half during his tenure.

"I think the police department gained traction on the respect factor and professionalism. And they really done a good job reducing crime and that's what you expect of a police department."

Deputy Chief, Reggie Burgess says Zumalt leaves behind a legacy to admire.

"A lot of chiefs when they come in they want to make it better, but Zumalt made it better made it fun and brought us closer to the community."

He said for him this is a closing of a chapter, but has not shared his next endeavors.

Zumalt will retire to Kansas.