The mayor of what was once one of South Carolina’s most violent cities says he wants to keep working to lower those stats.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey has served the city as mayor for 17 years. Now, he says he’s ready for more. Summey is running for re-election on November 8 against opponent Chris Collins.
“On a weekly basis I meet with the chief and we look at areas where we have a spike in crime.Where those areas are we put a saturation team in to go in with the police that are already there,” says Summey.
In 2006, North Charleston had 26 killings. So far this year–only three. Summey says he owes credit to Police Chief Jon Zumalt and local law enforcement. The mayor says he wants to continue his established tactics on getting the crime down.
Summey says the bottom line: protect those who live in the North Charleston communities.