Police Department Bios
Chris 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 email@example.com.
Christopher 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nelson 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 email@example.com.
Gary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua 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 843-883-5736 or email@example.com.
Sydney 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlos 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 email@example.com.
Amanda Capone- Patrol Officer
Amanda was hired in January 2019 as the Code Enforcement Officer. Her duties include business license compliance enforcement, enforcement of Town Ordinances and patrol duties. She was sworn in as a patrol officer and graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy in January 2020. Officer Capone enjoys helping residents and visitors of Sullivan's Island. She can be reached at 843-480-1029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph 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 843-300-7729 or email@example.com.
Joseph 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 843-789-9247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom 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 email@example.com.
Mimi Marie Bourque - Community Service Officer
Born in Taiwan, Mimi immigrated to the United States in 1977. After becoming licensed, she practiced as a registered nurse for 30 years. Since beginning her employment with the Town as the Community Service Officer, Mimi enjoys serving the public in any capacity that may range from locating a lost pet to providing local information to visitors. She focuses on enforcement of beach ordinances, parking and just about any task the Department will need completed. She resides in Mt. Pleasant. You can reach Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nehemiah 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 email@example.com.