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      Horry County police chief set to retire

      Cpt. Saundra Rhodes will serve as Interim Chief.

      Horry County Police Chief Johnny Morgan announced his intention to retire, after 38 years of service with Horry County.

      Chief Morgan sent out an email to the department about 12:20 p.m. Friday.

      According to Horry County Public Information Officer Lisa Bourcier, Morgan will be on extended leave until June 30 of this year. At that time he will officially retire. His last day serving as police chief will be February 17.

      Cpt. Saundra Rhodes will serve as Interim Chief. She turned down the position of Hartsville Police Chief in April.

      Below is the statement released by Chief Johnny Morgan:

      It is with mixed emotions that I am retiring as the Chief of Police with Horry County. My whole life has been in law enforcement and these fine men and women that serve to protect our County are my family and I will miss them.

      It is a sad day, but on the other hand one I have been looking forward to. My intention was always to leave this year, however due to the SLED investigation I felt my retirement wasn't even a thought until such time as the department was cleared and the case against the department was closed. That day has now come and it is time for me to leave.

      I would like to thank the County for the many opportunities I have been afforded through my 38 years of employment with the Horry County Police Department. I am also grateful for a fulfilling career in which I was given every opportunity to make a difference in this great community.

      You can read more about the SLED investigation here.