Harlem names new police chief

A new director for Harlem’s Department of Public Safety was named Friday afternoon.


Harlem resident David Sward will take his post as police chief Monday, Harlem City Manager Jason Rizner said in an email.

Sward, who most recently served as a lieutenant with the Regional Youth Development Center in Augusta, previously worked as a chief deputy and investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

He has also worked as a training director for a private security company in Mississippi.

“We are confident that he will be a major asset to both the Public Safety Department and the city as a whole,” Rizner said.

Sward replaces the department’s Interim Director Benje Cowart, who temporarily took the job in September following the resignation of Jesse Bowman.