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UPDATE: Sam Woodward named Hardeeville Interim Police Chief

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Sam Woodward has been named Hardeeville's Interim Police Chief after former Chief Richard Nagy resigned on Friday.

City Attorney Tom Johnson says the decision to name Woodward Interim Chief came late Friday evening.

Woodward previously ran for Jasper County Sheriff and has also been a Chief Deputy for the county. He began his career in law enforcement at the Hardeeville Police Department.

Johnson tells WSAV that the city is confident that Woodward will be able to successfully take on all the responsibility of being Chief of Police.


The police force in Hardeeville will be short a leader in a few weeks. Chief Richard Nagy put in his letter of resignation this week, after seven years on the job.

The resignation is raising concern among several Hardeeville residents.

"Just for him to resign like that, it raises eyebrow," Maurice Kidd says, "from the Chief of Police…you know, I could see maybe his staff or one of his sergeants, but for the chief to resign? It makes me wonder."

The news came as a shock to neighbors who had not yet heard of Chief Nagy's resignation.

"I hope it's for a good reason and nothing bad," Kidd says.

"You just don't know. So many times, it's in families or law enforcement that there's cover up," says Betty Ward.

City Attorney Tom Johnson confirmed the chief did in fact resign.

"It's a letter of resignation, which is not a euphemism of any kind. He just resigned," Johnson says.

When asked for the reason, Johnson said he could not comment.

"I cannot, other than to say that it was a true resignation," he said.

The letter mentions pursuing other professional opportunities.

News Three asked Johnson if the resignation is tied to the City Manager resigning earlier in February, or if it comes in connection to a SLED investigation into City Council Sal Arzillo's alleged interference with a police sting at a Hardeeville gas station in November.

"You know, nothing happens in a vacuum, but it's no one event triggered another event kind of chain," Johnson said.

For now, Chief Nagy is on paid leave. He will be gone from the department in four weeks.

Johnson says there is no interim chief named yet, but there are names being discussed.

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