Strong faith drives Charleston's new police chief Luther Reynolds

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Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston's new police chief is settling into his new position after beginning his second week on the job Monday.

Luther Reynolds was sworn in as chief last week. He moved from Montgomery County, Maryland with 30 years of experience.

Reynolds said he's honored to lead the Charleston Police Department, a role he says comes with a great reputation within the industry.

Reynolds is a spiritual man, driven by faith.

"To me, my number one hero is Jesus," Reynolds said. "He was among the people and always seeking out people who were in need and always trying to make a difference."

He feels his new job position is a special calling.

"A good leader, I think, can never know enough. The more they learn, the more they know they need to learn," he said. "Make a difference. Whatever you do, leave it better than how you found it."

At his swearing in ceremony, Reynolds told those in the audience he thinks police are more relevant now than ever before.

"I'll never forget being in the riots in Baltimore just a few years ago," he said. "The people in the communities, even the protestors, came up to me and our officers and said 'we want you here, we need you here, we don't want our city to burn down'."

He said his greatest achievements are his family, his marriage and his faith. Reynolds has two children, ages 21 and 18. He's been married to his wife, Caroline, for 24 years.

While he said has a lot to learn in his new role, he's quickly discovering why the Lowcountry is irresistible.

"The problem is, the food is so good and the people are so nice, I can't resist," Reynolds said. "I just went down to the peninsula, someone took me out to lunch and I had shrimp and grits. It wasn't like anything I've had anywhere else."

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said Reynolds is "sincere with a servant's heart, a right fit for the Holy City."

"To me, I have a lot of gas left in the tank and I feel like I have a lot left in me to offer," Reynolds said.

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