Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Yeager Airport (KCRW) announces appointment of new police chief

Capt. Eric Johnson

A veteran employee of the Charleston Police Department will soon take over as the chief of police at Yeager Airport.

Capt. Eric Johnson will begin his duties at the airport on July 21, about 27 years after his career started in Charleston, according to a news release from Yeager Director Terry Sayre.

He is taking the place of Joe Crawford, who returned to his previous role as a police chief in St. Albans.

Johnson currently serves city police as chief of the Investigative Services Bureau, and he previously served as commander of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.

He became the department’s chief range officer in 2009, the release states. He then completed the FBI National Academy a year later.

It all started at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, where he graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice during 1988.

Johnson then earned a host of awards and leadership positions in the decades that followed, according to the release.

In 2006, he was shot in the line of duty.

The American Police Hall of Fame awarded Johnson a Silver Star for Bravery, the release states. The organization also named him Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2007.

“I am confident Chief Johnson will successfully lead the Yeager Airport Police Department to continue to ensure the security and safety of the traveling public,” Sayre said in his release.

Sayre’s announcement came one day after Mayor Danny Jones announced Lt. Steve Cooper would take over as the police chief in Charleston. He will replace Brent Webster, who served as chief for 12 years.

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