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Folly Beach public safety director resigns

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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

Live 5 News has learned Folly Beach Public Safety Director Dennis Brown is resigning.

Brown is leaving his job to pursue a job with another department, according to Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin.

"I'm not surprised that Chief Brown is leaving because there's just a lot of behind the scenes infighting and back stabbing and I don't blame him one bit," said Folly Beach City Councilman Eddie Ellis.

City leaders credited Brown with bringing community policing to the beach.

However some residents blame Brown and the department for a fight on the beach in 2012 during the July 4th weekend.

It resulted in several officers being injured, some arrests and large amounts of garbage on the beach.

"There's always a fine line, so I'm sure there's some truth to some of it, but there's some truth to everything," said City Councilman DJ Rich.

In a statement Brown released to the media, he said serving Folly Beach has been an honor.

"The public safety department has been transformed into a responsive, modern and professional agency," Brown said. "Our current teammates are some of the best professionals I have ever had the pleasure to work alongside. We have developed new policies, procedures, and a strategic plan which will ensure the department continues to grow and provide the highest level of service to our citizens."

Brown also said community outreach programs that his department implemented "eliminated the divide between staff and our residents."

The mayor say Brown’s resignation is effective on June 18.

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