Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce made the announcement at 2 p.m. in the Municipal Court room at Public Safety headquarters.
Barranco has more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement, the majority of it as an officer for Aiken Public Safety, where he served from 1993 to 2005. He said he feels as though he is coming home.
“I know a lot of the leadership here. It’s where I really grew up as a police officer,” he said.
Since moving to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office in 2005, Barranco has held responsibilities as homeland security coordinator, sex offender registrar and public information officer. He was promoted to captain in 2006 when he took on the job as jail administrator.
Barranco said his first order of business will be to meet with the department command staffers and talk with public safety officers before making any changes.
“I want to listen to the ideas that they have and then, as a team, to move forward,” Barranco said.
Barranco replaces Pete Frommer, who is retiring after 40 years of service for the city. His last day will be Jan. 20.
Pearce said about 20 people had applied for the director’s position since Frommer’s retirement was announced in November.
Frommer has been the director since 1999, when he replaced J. Carroll Busbee.