Barnwell hires new chief

An officer from within the Barnwell Police Department has been chosen to be the city's new police chief.
Reuben Black will take over for Todd Gantt, who has retired along with Detective Frank Sutton.
Black, who grew up in Barnwell, has been with the department for almost four years and before that was working for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. He's been in law enforcement since 1982, he said.
Black said he believes in God and in people.
"I'm fair. I believe that justice is fair," he said, adding that police work is about working with people, whether it's a victim or someone who committed a crime.
Black wants residents to know the police department is open to the public. He said he wants to be involved in everything that's happening in the community.
"I'm available to anybody," he said.
Black said his first priority as chief is getting the department back to full staff. He said they're three officers short right now.
City Council made the decision to hire Black Monday evening after a final round of interviews with five candidates for the position.
In January, Gantt announced he would be leaving the department at the end of February. He and Sutton were honored during the city council meeting Monday night.