Bluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando has announced Stephenie Price, who currently serves as the assistant chief of police for Savannah, Georgia, will become the Town of Bluffton chief of police when she is sworn in October 12.
Orlando said he selected Stephenie because she has the conviction and compassion needed to serve as Bluffton’s chief of police.
“Stephenie’s combined depth of law enforcement experience and knowledge of our region is why she is the perfect choice for Bluffton,” Orlando said. “Throughout Stephenie’s career, she has built a strong reputation for responsiveness, accountability, and innovation. On behalf of Town leaders, I am enthusiastic to have her join the Town’s executive leadership team and help build upon our community’s legacy of excellence in policing.”
When Price is sworn in as Bluffton’s chief of police, she will relieve Interim Chief Scott Chandler, who was appointed to his current role upon departure of Bluffton’s previous police chief who left in June of this year. Chandler will remain in the department and, together with the rest of the police department’s command staff, will assist Price in her transition.
Orlando had high praise for Chandler’s performance as interim chief.
“With no hesitation, Scott stepped up to lead the department during a transition period. I could not be more grateful for his leadership and pleased with his performance,” said Orlando.
Price said she is looking forward to a long career as Bluffton’s police chief.
“I am very humbled and proud to be chosen as Bluffton’s new police chief,” Price said. “I am very impressed with Bluffton’s high level of community pride. I am also very excited to meet residents and listen to their needs and concerns while preparing the department for the future to meet those needs and concerns.”
Price said wellness programs are also a high priority and are also crucial components of building healthy relationships and partnerships with the community.
“Officer health is a basic tenet of law enforcement,” Price said. “As a chief, it is my job to implement programs which take care of officers and staff members, personally and professionally, so they know their well-being is supported. When a culture of caring and compassion is cultivated in one’s own department, it is a natural progression to carry that culture out in the community.”
About Stephenie Price:
Stephenie has extensive public safety experience with an emphasis in community-oriented policing and using innovation as a part of process improvements and problem-solving.
As assistant chief of police for Savannah, Ga., Price supervises the administration and management bureau of the department which includes the budget, canine unit, collateral duty, emergency management, fleet services, mounted patrol, recruiting, technology, traffic division and training.
Price has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, with the majority of her career serving in the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. While in Kansas City, she served as a detective, sergeant and captain in the following divisions: patrol, property crimes, internal affairs, domestic violence, narcotics/vice, regional training academy and fiscal services.
Prior to law enforcement, Stephenie also served her community as an emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic and a licensed practical nurse.
Price earned a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from Park University in Parkville, Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University in Atchison, Kansas.
Price also has earned numerous certificates for advanced law enforcement training such as:
• Georgia Chief Executive Training, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, 2019
• Command Institute, FBI LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association), 2016
• Women in Command, Calibre Press, 2016
• Leadership Institute, Public Agency Training Council, 2015
Stephenie is married to her husband, Chris, with whom they have two teenage children.