New Chapin Police Chief Sworn Into Office
New Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler was sworn into his duties on Monday morning at the Chapin Town Hall
Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — On Monday, Chapin welcomed a new police chief. Seth Zeigler was sworn-in at the Chapin Town Hall surrounded by family, friends, and other law enforcement officials.
Zeigler, a Chapin native, was selected last month to replace former Chief Tony Crump. Crump resigned from his position as chief late last year.
“This is a dream come true,” said Zeigler following the swearing-in ceremony. “You get into law enforcement to help people and where is it better to help than in the town you grew up in and I look forward to trying to make a difference in the community.”
Zeigler heads the Chapin Police Department after spending roughly 17 years climbing the ranks at the West Columbia Police Department, where he most recently held the title of Captain of the Patrol Division. His lengthy resume is what Mayor Skip Wilson said makes him the right fit for the job.
“We anticipate tremendous growth of Chapin and we believe that the skills and qualifications that Seth has will be able to benefit the town,” said Mayor Wilson.
At a time when law enforcement is often being scrutinized across the nation, a top priority for Chief Zeigler is to build a strong relationship between the police department and the residents of Chapin.
“I think visibility is the key,” said Zeigler. “Reducing crime is one thing but reducing the fear of crime is also another. Perception is reality and I want everybody to perceive and know for a fact that Chapin Police are here to help them in the community.”