With the retirement of long-time Security Director Joe Croughwell, KICA was left with very big shoes to fill. Interest in the position was strong, with more than a hundred resumes submitted. After weeks of considering qualifications, reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, KICA has selected Tony Elder as its new security director.
Elder, a native of Virginia Beach, will join KICA on May 16. He brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as deputy chief of police and bureau commander for operations for the Charleston Police Department (CPD), in command of 360 law enforcement officers.
Prior to joining the CPD in 2007, Elder spent 22 years with the Virginia Beach Police in roles of increasing responsibility. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Citadel and other institutes of higher learning.
Elder holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with honors from Saint Leo University, and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
Elder’s performance at CPD and demonstrated ability to build relationships in the local law enforcement community were key attributes that led to his selection. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, who worked with Elder on numerous occasions, praised the selection.
“When faced with the most challenging situations, Deputy Chief Elder’s collaborative leadership style and intricate understanding of people and communities has consistently delivered the best possible outcomes. Throughout the Mother Emmanuel church tragedy, Tony was the quiet force who successfully worked throughout Charleston – with families, institutions and government leaders – to ensure the appropriate response, decorum and necessary levels of security were maintained throughout the difficult several-week period.
Tony’s very strong relationships with SLED, Charleston and Berkeley counties, numerous other local agencies and the community have proven invaluable as we have come together to address local issues with regional solutions.
I look forward to continuing to work with Tony in his new position. Collaboration between the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Kiawah Island, and Kiawah Island Community Association Security are critical in providing safety and security for the citizens and guests of Kiawah Island.”