Bluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando is pleased to announce Captain Donald “Scott” Chandler as Interim Police Chief, effective Friday, June 19, 2020.
“Captain Chandler has risen to numerous challenges and proven his ability to lead,” Town Manager Marc Orlando said. “Chandler was the previous interim police chief in 2018, he is currently the Town’s emergency manager and has led the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while also ramping up preparations for this year’s hurricane season.”
Captain Chandler joined the Bluffton Police Department in 2006. During his 14 years in the department, he has served as a patrol sergeant, traffic unit sergeant, neighborhood services unit sergeant, investigations lieutenant and currently, serves as captain of the support division.
Orlando said he has complete confidence in Chandler’s selection as the interim police chief.
“Given Scott’s background and his performance as a leader in our police department, I feel the department, and more importantly, the community, is in great hands with him as our interim police chief,” Orlando said.
Chandler is a graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration and is also a recent graduate from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Chandler also graduated from the National FBI Academy in Quantico in December 2018.
“I am honored to be appointed interim police chief,” Chandler said. “For the past 14 years, Bluffton has been my home, where I have developed and grown my career. I deeply care about this community and am professionally invested in providing public safety to all who live and visit here as I, too, want the best for my neighbors, friends and family.
“As we all know, public safety is a partnership and, on behalf of the department, I appreciate the assistance, feedback and relationships our department has with those whom we serve in our community.”
Prior to the Bluffton Police Department, Chandler served the City of Akron, Ohio Police Department as a patrol officer, field training officer and a member of its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team with additional duties as the team’s sniper. He was also a member of Akron’s bike unit, crisis intervention team and Honor Guard.
Captain Chandler will serve as Bluffton’s Interim Chief of Police as the Town begins its search for its next Chief. Bluffton’s current Police Chief Chris Chapmond has accepted a police chief position in Hot Springs, Arkansas, effective July 1. The selection process for the Chapmond’s replacement will be open to both internal and external applicants and will be advertised through state and national outlets.
The Bluffton Police Department has policing jurisdiction throughout Bluffton’s 54-square miles and employs 56 sworn officers and 15 civilian employees.