Andrew Richbourg is new Springdale Police chief

Andrew “Bear” Richbourg

Andrew “Bear” Richbourg has been appointed as new Chief of Police of the Springdale Police Department. Town Administrator Ashley Watkins appointed him, Thursday.

“It says a lot about our Town when we are able to promote such a high ranking employee within a department,” said Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop.” I fully support our Town Administrator and her decision and look forward to seeing what Chief Richbourg has planned for the Springdale Police Department”.

Richbourg will assume leadership of the department on May 24, when current Chief of Police Kevin Cornett vacates his position for the Isle of Palms Police Department.

Richbourg has been with the Springdale Police Department since April 2017 where he served as Lieutenant over Investigations. Prior to working at the Town of Springdale, Richbourg worked at the City of Columbia where he served as a Major Crimes Investigator for several years. Richbourg has received several awards throughout his career including the Police Shield and Officer of the Year award from the City of Columbia.

Since his career with the Town of Springdale, he has completed the FBI Child Abduction Training, FBI Digital Imaging & Video Recovery Team Training, and also the FBI Carolina Command College. Most recently, Chief Richbourg obtained his Master of Criminal Justice Degree from Columbia College.

Richbourg is a graduate of Airport High School and resides in Lexington County with his wife, Julie and their three children.

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