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Meet The Police Department

Police Department Bios

Chris GriffenChris Griffin - Chief of Police
Chris serves as the Chief of Police for Sullivan’s Island. His law enforcement career began at the North Charleston Police Department in 1995.  He joined the Sullivan’s Island Police Department in August 1997 as a patrol officer and was given the opportunity to advance through the ranks.  Positions held in the department include corporal, lieutenant, acting chief before being appointed police chief by Town Council in January 2018. Law enforcement is his passion and he especially enjoys helping people, becoming part of the community, and developing the department for the future. You may contact him at 843-883-5739 or cgriffin@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 


 

 

Chris WallaceChristopher J Wallace- Captain 
Captain Wallace serves as second in command of the Police Department under Chief Griffin. He assists with daily operations of the department. He also serves as the evidence custodian. Captain Wallace began his career in 1997 as a reserve police officer with the Isle of Palms Police Department. He went on to serve as a patrolman with the Hanahan Police Department before joining Sullivan’s Island in 1999. Captain Wallace can be reached at 843-883-5738 or cwallace@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 

 

 

 

Nelson GarenaNelson Gerena -Sergeant 
Nelson started with the Town in 2014 with over 36 years of prior law enforcement experience. He is the Agency’s National Crime Information Center Terminal Agency Coordinator and also serves as the Logistic Sergeant. Additionally, he serves as a Firearms and TASER Instructor. Nelson can be reached at 843-883-5740 or ngerena@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 

 


 



Gary EricksonGary Erickson- Sergeant
Sgt. Erickson joined the Sullivan’s of Island Police Department in 2016 and has many years in law enforcement experience.He has been assigned duties in administration protocol for State and City citations and as evidence storage custodial assistant. He currently maintains credit for Field Training Officer status. Gary can be reached at 843-883-5714 or gerickson@sullivansisland.sc.gov.






 

Josh PooleJoshua Poole-  Patrol Officer 
Josh started working for the department in 2008. His prior experience includes North Charleston Police. He is a certified School Resource Officer and serves on the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Safety Board. He can be reached at 843-883-9636 or jpoole@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 

 

 



Sydney De NettSydney De Nett -Patrol Officer 
Sydney has been serving the residents since 2017. She got her start on the Island as beach patrol and went to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy where she graduated as a Patrol Officer. She has a strong focus on community outreach and enjoys meeting each resident and visitor. She can be reached at 843-883-5755 or sdenett@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 

 

 




Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez -Patrol Officer 
Carlos started with the Town in May of 2017 as a Beach Service Officer. Since then, he has served in many rolls including Parking Enforcement and Town Code Enforcement. He was sworn in as a Patrol Officer and Graduated the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in February 2019. Officer Hernandez can be reached at 843-883-9636 or chernandez@sullivansisland.sc.gov.





 

 

Joseph LontratoJoseph Lontrato- Patrol Officer
Joey joined the Sullivan’s Island Police Department in June of 2020. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Homeland Security. His duties include patrol of the Island, focusing on traffic enforcement and protecting the Island residents and their property. Joey can be reached at 843-883-9636 or jlontrato@sullivansisland.sc.gov

 

 

 

 

Joseph McMullenJoseph McMullen- Patrol Officer
Joe started with the Town in 2020. He is a sworn Patrol Officer, which duties include patrol of the Island, focusing on traffic enforcement and protecting the Island residents and their property. Additionally, he serves as a Firearms Instructor. Joe can be reached at 843-883-9636 or jmcmullen@sullivansisland.sc.gov

 

 

 

 


Tom McLellanTom McLellan - Fleet Manager 
Tom began working for the Town in 1994. Tom's duties include maintaining the Town's fleet of vehicles, animal control and many small projects the Police Department handles. You can reach Officer McLellan at 843-883-5737 or tmclellan@sullivansisland.sc.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nehemiah ClarkeNehemiah Clarke - Beach Services
Originally from Jamaica, Nehemiah transferred to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to work for Raytheon Engineering Company. Eventually he relocated to this area to work for BP Amoco Refinery in Wando, SC as an accounting manager. He also has experience with the City of Charleston Police Department as a Code Enforcement Officer. You can reach Nehemiah at nclarke@sullivansisland.sc.gov