Greenville Police Chief Eric Roberts calls it quits

GREENVILLE – Greenville Police Department (GPD) Chief Eric Roberts will officially retire on June 30. The decision was made to end his career with the GPD earlier than he would have liked, but felt now was the time.

“Hard decision to make, but have been discussing retirement for some time,” Chief Roberts said.

Chief Roberts started at the GPD on April 22, 1996. He served as a patrol officer until 2002 when he was promoted to detective, where he worked until being upgraded to Lieutenant in 2017. Roberts became Chief of the Greenville Police Department on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Recent city administration actions made it quite clear the time was now,” Roberts added.

“My plan now is to enjoy time off. I am young enough to start a new life,” he expressed.

Roberts also noted that he will be handling the transition to other officers before he officially steps down on June 30.

“There are some really good people in that department. I sincerely hope the city realizes a better way to retain,” Chief Roberts concluded.

Right now there is no official word of who will be the interim chief when Roberts is no longer with the department.