Chief of Police
Paul Gardner was appointed Chief of Police for the Georgetown Police Department in October 2007. Chief Gardner began his career in law enforcement in 1983 when he was appointed as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For the next twenty-five years, Chief Gardner was assigned to several FBI Field Offices, including Baltimore, Omaha, Newark and Columbia.
As a Special Agent with the FBI, Chief Gardner primarily worked public corruption matters which involved investigations into the possible bribery of elected or appointed officials. After September 11th, 2001, Chief Gardner volunteered to be reassigned to the Newark Division's Joint Terrorism Task Force where he worked for the next two years. In 2003, Chief Gardner was assigned to the Myrtle Beach Resident Agency of the FBI. For the next four years, Chief Gardner, as a Special Agent, worked extensively with the Georgetown County Organized Crime Bureau on investigations involving the distribution of illegal narcotics.
Chief Gardner's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Frostburg University in Early Childhood Education and a second Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in Accounting. In January 1983, Chief Gardner was awarded his certificate as a Certified Public Accountant from the State of Maryland.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the South Carolina Police Chiefs' Association, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.