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Chris Aston Resigns as Johnston Police Chief

web posted June 10, 2014

JOHNSTON In a surprise move, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston tendered his resignation effective July 9 on Monday morning. The last day on duty will be one day shy of Aston's 8th anniversary of being hired for the job on July 10, 2006. Aston said he and his family has contemplated his retiring for some time. "I just think I want to try something different," Aston said.

His departure is not related to a new mayor or the town council. "I've enjoyed it (being Chief). I just felt like it was time to do something different," Aston said. Prior to taking the position as Chief of Police in Johnston Aston had been a patrol deputy and then an Investigator with the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and has more than 20 years on the job as a law enforcement officer.

"I will stay in contact with law enforcement, no matter what I do," Aston said. He did not rule out re-entering law enforcement work in the future. "Right now I'm more focused on family," he said.

Two calls to Johnston Mayor Terrence Culbreath for comment went unanswered.

This is not the first time Aston has resigned. He submitted a letter of resignation in May of 2011, which would have made his last day on the job, ironically, June 9, the same date he submitted this resignation Monday.

After an outpouring of support from community leaders, friends and business owners Aston withdrew his resignation and stayed on. Something he said isn't likely this time. "I've made up my mind, it's time."

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