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Tega Cay names 3 local finalists for next police chief

The city has three finalists for the soon-to-be vacant chief of police position.

All three candidates are local: Tega Cay Police Department veteran Maj. David Nelson, Capt. Allen Branden of the York County Sheriff’s Department and Maj. Steve Parker of the Rock Hill Police Department.

The city received around 80 resumes after advertising the position early this summer, City Manager Charlie Funderburk said. Rick Evelsizer, who has served as TCPD chief for the past 16 years, is retiring in January.

“We had applications from every level of law enforcement, including federal, state, county and municipal agencies,” Funderburk said. “I was very impressed at the caliber of candidates that were interested in serving our city.”

Nelson, who has been with the department for 22 years, is the public information officer and Evelsizer’s second-in-command.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be chief of police in a city I’ve invested 22 years in,” Nelson said. “I’m part of Tega Cay and Tega Cay is part of me.”

He said his familiarity with Tega Cay would be one of his main assets if he gets to serve as chief.

“My uniqueness is my knowledge of the city,” Nelson said. “I know the city, I understand my community and what my community expects of me.”

Calls from Brandon and Parker were not immediately returned.

Brandon is the captain of uniform and field service division of the sheriff’s office, where he has served since July 1985. He was a patrol officer and supervisor with the Tega Cay Police from 1983-1985.

Parker, a field services major, has been with Rock Hill Police since 1995. Prior to that he was a deputy sheriff in Mecklenburg County for two years.

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