LATTA, S.C. (WBTW) — The town of Latta has a new police chief, according to Melinda Robinson, the town’s administrator.

Zane Bryant, who had been the interim chief, was sworn in back in October, Robinson said.

The hiring of Bryant comes after the town’s former police chief, Josh Holt, and five officers resigned earlier this year, along with two town council members and the town’s attorney, Janet Janet Paschal, amid controversy surrounding the town’s November mayoral election and other issues.

Before his resignation in July, Holt had been the chief since January 2021.

Bryant said there are currently five vacancies to fill in the department.

“Our number one priority is getting our staff back, right? But as far as our goal is, it’s to continue what chiefs before me have established too. You know, community-based policing is really important to us here at Latta,” Bryant said.

Bryant, a Latta native, is excited to serve his hometown. His goal is to continue maintaining a positive atmosphere in the town.

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“Once we can erase some of those lines that’s been drawn into sand and partner up as a community and as a town and I think good things are to come,” Bryant said.

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