Chief Christopher Chapmond joined the Bluffton Police Department in August 2018.
Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, Chapmond worked with the Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas. He joined the force there in 1996. Chapmond held various positions to include Field Operations Captain, Patrol Lieutenant, Coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force and Co-Commander of the Hot Springs SWAT (Special Weapons and Response Team). Before leaving the Hot Springs Police Department, Chapmond served as the Assistant Chief overseeing the daily operations and managing a staff of 145 employees.
Chapmond said during his time as a narcotics officer and as the coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force, he frequently spoke to youth organizations about the dangers of narcotics and the effects drug use had on the user and his or her family.
Chapmond is a firearms instructor, professional law enforcement instructor, and a CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) instructor. While in Arkansas, Chapmond taught part-time at the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.
Chapmond earned a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Columbia Southern University and graduated from the Northwestern University’s School of Public-Safety Command Staff School; a master level course and considered one of the premier police executive classes in law enforcement. A veteran of the first Gulf War, Chapmond served in the United State Marine Corps.
Chapmond volunteered on the executive board of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police as the Southwest regional vice president. He was also a member of the Hot Springs National Park Rotary and has been active in coaching and mentoring young men in various organizations.
Chapmond and his wife Elizabeth have three sons.