Monday, March 5, 2012

City Manager Appoints Interim Director of Public Safety

Crystal Roberts, 12 Year Veteran of CDPS, to Lead Department During Transition

Clinton, SC, March 2, 2012:  City Manager Frank Stovall has announced that Crystal Roberts, a twelve year veteran of the Clinton Department of Public Safety, will assume the role of Interim Director of the City’s Department of Public Safety when current Director Stacy Drakeford retires at the end of March.
Current Public Safety Director, Stacy Drakeford, announced his retirement from the Clinton Department of Public Safety in February and will retire at the end of March. In his nearly three years of service to the City of Clinton, Drakeford has focused on training and on forming partnerships between the citizens and the Department of Public Safety. “Chief Drakeford has set the bar very high when it comes to the management of the Department of Public Safety and the provision of quality police and fire services to our citizens” said Stovall.
Crystal M. Roberts began her career as a Community Police Officer in 2000 after graduating from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Since joining the force, she has steadily risen through the ranks and served in a variety of capacities in the Department of Public Safety. Roberts has a passion for the community and has served as a community police officer and as a school resource officer at both Bell Street Middle School and Clinton High School. In addition to working closely with the schools, Roberts has also served in the patrol division for several years, first as a public safety officer, and then as a Sergeant, and finally as a supervising Lieutenant. Most recently, Roberts has served in the investigations unit and has managed the administrative functions of the department.
Roberts is also a certified fire fighter and has received additional training in fire scene management, firefighting, and hazardous chemical response. As a member of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Task Force on Internet Crimes Against Children, Roberts has worked in concert with state and local law enforcement across the state to protect our state’s children from internet predators. Crystal Roberts was awarded the South Carolina Attorney General's Child Safety Award in 2007 and was named the CDPS 2010 Officer of the Year.
“Crystal Roberts brings a variety of skills to the leadership position and I feel confident that her experiences in investigation, fire fighting, community policing, school and campus safety, and general law enforcement will continue to be an asset to the city and the surrounding community.” said Stovall. “I look forward to working with Interim Director Roberts as we continue to improve our department and to provide quality services to our citizens.” he continued.
Personnel in the Department of Public Safety, as well as the City’s Senior Staff were informed of the appointment Thursday evening during a staff meeting at the Department of Public Safety. “This department is more than just one person or one position. To be the best department we can be requires that each member of the department perform at their very best each day. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with the members of the Department of Public Safety in this new position.” Roberts said in a statement made to the members of the Department of Public Safety.
The City of Clinton plans to conduct a comprehensive search for a new director to replace Chief Drakeford over the next few months.