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Former Top U.S. Marshal sworn in to lead Darlington police

Kelvin C. Washington, of Hemingway, was sworn in Monday as the new police chief for the City of Darlington. (WPDE)

Kelvin C. Washington, of Hemingway, was sworn in Monday as the new police chief for the City of Darlington.

Washington's first day on the job was Monday.

He was the presidentially appointed U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina, serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the federal district court, and manages a $35+ million budget and a team of 170 staff members.

He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in that position and was sworn in on March 31, 2010.

Washington has more than 28 years of public safety leadership and administrative management.

"We are here to provide a service. And I also believe in accountability. I'm accountable to the mayor, council, city manager. And I'm also accountable to you all as citizens of this great city," said Washington.

He served as sheriff of Williamsburg County for 12 years, holds an active Top Secret Security Clearance, Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University of Troy, Ala., and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University of Chicago, Ill.

He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers’ Association and former president of the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association.

Darlington Mayor Gloria Hines believes Washington is the right man for the job.

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