Major Melron Kelly was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, in the North Columbia community. Upon graduation from Columbia High School, Major Kelly attended and graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice; the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville - 124th Session - Executive Police Leadership program in 2010, and the 62nd Session of the DEA Drug Commanders Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2007. Major Kelly is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from the University of Louisville majoring in Justice Administration.
An officer of the Columbia Police Department since 1999, Major Kelly began his career with the department as an Explorer in 1990 at the age of 13. After graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Major Kelly's first assignment in the Columbia Police Department was serving as the Residential Officer in the Waverly Street KOBAN. This familiarity and commitment to serving the community through law enforcement has developed into leadership positions in the Narcotics Division, as an Investigator, before being promoted to Sergeant; a Lieutenant overseeing the Gang/Narcotics Unit; a regional commander as Captain in the North Region, and currently serving as the Major of the Columbia Police Department's Operations Division.
He serves as a member of various community and social organizations to include the Eau Claire Promise Zone Board, the NAACP, Harmony, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and other community affiliations.