MOUNT PLEASANT Police Chief Harry Sewell wiped away a tear as he spoke at a ceremony this afternoon marking his retirement after more than 20 years with the department.

I love all of you. God speed, he said.

Starting Tuesday, Sewell will become the new deputy senior chaplain at the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

I get paid to talk about Jesus Christ now. Im excited about the new chaplaincy, he said.

Sewell, 52, said he would pray for Jesus and God to protect the town.

Its been a good ride. Thank you all so much, he said.

Fire Chief Herb Williams fought back tears as he bid farewell to Sewell.

This is a really tough time for me. Me and Harry came up through the ranks together, he said.

Major Carl Ritchie, a 24-year veteran of the department, will take over as chief on Tuesday. He will oversee about 149 sworn officers and 43 civilian personnel.

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