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Posted on: December 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Beaufort Law Enforcement Center named after Chief Clancy

City Council with Lisa Clancy

BEAUFORT, S.C. (Dec. 22, 2020) –  The City of Beaufort’s Police Department is now housed in the Matthew J. Clancy Law Enforcement Center.

The building was named in honor of Beaufort’s former chief, Matthew Clancy, who passed away in July, during a Special Meeting of City Council today (Dec. 22). The ceremony was held on the steps of the building. Chief Clancy’s widow, Lisa, accepted the proclamation during the ceremony. Besides Beaufort police officers, officers from the Town of Port Royal, Town of Bluffton, and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gathered to commemorate Chief Clancy.

Chief Clancy became Beaufort police chief in 2009, and oversaw the move of the Police Department headquarters from Ribaut Road to the complex on Boundary Street. “From this center, Chief Clancy built a department that is known nationwide for kindness, diversity, inclusion, equity and community connections,” the proclamation honoring Chief Clancy said.

In remarks during the ceremony, Mayor Stephen Murray said of the chief: “He was a learned man who valued education, and lifelong learning. … He was a man of integrity and discipline, shown in both his personal and professional lives. He was the definition of tough. … But his toughness was only outmatched by his compassion. A huge heart full compassion for his family, the men and women of his department, and the citizens we serve.”

Former Mayor Billy Keyserling noted that it was unusual for any City building to be named after a person but said this tribute was fitting. “Anytime anyone walks into this building, they will think about the culture that was created, and that hopefully will be sustained and grow,” he added.

Mrs. Clancy thanked the City for  this “incredible tribute to Matt, also known as Chief Clancy. Naming this building after him forever honors his memory and recognizes his deep loyalty and service; honors his commitment and many years of devoted service to beautiful Beaufort. We are humbled, we are grateful, and we appreciate all your support in our darkest times. This is an honor like none other.”

The plaque that was unveiled is a facsimile of the permanent bronze plaque that will be placed on the building. It has a picture of Chief Clancy with two of his quotes: “Remember who you are” and “Always make a difference.”

Photo above: City Council flanks Lisa Clancy at dedication of building. From left, Councilmen Mitch Mitchell, Neil Lipsitz, Lisa Clancy, Mayor Stephen Murray and Councilman Phil Cromer.


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