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.