June 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
Welcome to Summer 2017! Now that June has arrived, (about two months behind the tourists), we must welcome the dreaded beginning of Hurricane Season.
As I mentioned previously, it is time to get your plans together in case we are faced with another storm and evacuation. While we hope and pray that all storms will remain off shore, it is imperative that we keep our visual and be prepared. We got through Hurricane Matthew by being prepared and following emergency guidelines very well. I urge each of us to be ready in case this uninvited interruption in our lives comes around again. Please contact the Public Safety Department or me if you have questions about preparations or evacuation procedures.
I would like to thank everyone who helped make “Hands Across the Sand“ a successful event for the eighth year. While we struggle always with the uphill battle of “No Drilling Off Our Atlantic Coast,” events like this help keep a focus on protecting the environment and our beaches. Without your continued participation and these environmental organizations, we would not be able to keep this important message in front of our elected officials and maintain their important environmental focus.
By now everyone knows that Deputy Chief Steve Mims has retired to pursue other lifelong dreams. In his time at Folly, Chief Mims helped develop our Public Safety Department to the great department we now have serving our citizens. While Steve will be greatly missed, we wish him well in all his future exploits.
With the retirement of Deputy Chief Mims, we now have Deputy Chief Rocky Burke on board. Chief Burke came to us as a detective and now will serve as our Deputy Chief of Public Safety. Chief Burke has over 40 years of experience in Charleston County as a public safety professional. He is a retired Fire Chief as well as a police officer and Investigator. We welcome Chief Burke to his new position and look forward to his efforts, working with Public Safety Director Gilreath, to continue providing our Public Safety service to you, our citizens, in a way that can be surpassed by no department in the State.
As always if you have any questions please contact me at email@example.com or (843) 729-0298.