The troop of the S.C. Highway Patrol responsible for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties has a new commander, the agency reported this week.
Capt. James C. Filyaw, a 29-year veteran of the patrol, was named captain of Troop Six, which also patrols the roads and responds to wrecks in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.
Filyaw replaces Chris Williamson, who was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred to patrol headquarters in Blythewood, an agency spokesman said.
“Capt. Filyaw is a career trooper who understands how to use proactive enforcement to reduce collisions and fatalities,” said Col. Mike Oliver, head of the Highway Patrol. “He is well-regarded by the troopers in the field, and we are proud to have him command this heavily traveled area of our state.”
Filyaw, a native of Lake City, joined the Highway Patrol in 1983 in Barnwell County. He has primarily worked in Barnwell, Aiken and Orangeburg counties, the news release said.
In other local police news:
• A Beaufort County sheriff’s deputy will be recognized Friday by state law enforcement officials for his skills as a marksman.
Scott Logan will receive the Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship award during a graduation ceremony at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, according to an agency news release.
The award is given to the academy cadet who earns the highest score in the firearms qualification course in his class.