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Mullen officially stepping down as Charleston police chief today

In this 2016 file photo, Chief Mullen is speaking to an audience at The Citadel about leading through tragedy. (WCIV)

The day of change has arrived for the Charleston Police Department. Today is Chief Greg Mullen's last day on the job as he's officially set to retire.

The chief announced back in June that he would retire on August 1.

Chief Mullen's career in law enforcement has spanned 35 years. He was promoted to chief of police on October 2, 2006. He’s a retired Air Force veteran with 22 years of combined active and reserve service. He began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a special agent with the Air Force special investigations unit. He later joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and was promoted to deputy chief of police before leaving to work in Charleston.

Mayor John Tecklenburg said the chief is more than an outstanding police officer. He called him an outstanding man.

“For more than a decade, Chief Greg Mullen has led the Charleston Police Department with professionalism, dignity and grace, and he has done it while keeping our city secure, our citizens safe and our community united,” said Mayor Tecklenburg said when Mullen's retirement was announced.

Selected as interim police chief was Deputy Chief Jerome Taylor. It's currently unknown if Taylor is a front-runner for the chief of police position. City officials have said there will be a national search.

Taylor has served in law enforcement for more than forty years, most recently as Commander of the Investigations and Community Outreach Bureau of the CPD. He has also served the department as Commander of Operations Bureau, Commander of Special Operations Bureau, Commander of Central Investigations Division, Commander of Uniform Patrol, Deputy Bureau Commander Administrative Services Bureau and SWAT Team Commander.

Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Taylor has remained committed to strengthening collaboration between community members and their law enforcement officials to overcome challenges and help build safe, healthy neighborhoods.

“Public safety is the first job of government and, for over forty years, it has been the first job of Jerome Taylor. I know that our city will be in good hands under his guidance as Interim Police Chief," Mayor Tecklenburg said in June when announcing Taylor's appointment.

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