Director Hubert Harrell is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who came to South Carolina while serving in the United States Navy. Director Harrell enjoyed numerous assignments while on active duty including service in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He served as the Assistant Port Services Officer and Waterfront Security Officer as well as Minority Affairs Officer for the Naval Station, Charleston, before retiring after 24 years of active service as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
Director Harrell began his law enforcement career with the Goose Creek Police Department as the Department’s Crime Prevention Specialist. He directed a nationally recognized Crime Prevention Program and was elected to two consecutive terms as President of the State Association of Crime Prevention Officers and was appointed City Planner for the City of Goose Creek where he directed the city’s recovery after Hurricane Hugo.
Director Harrell served as the Under Sheriff for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, Investigator for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Uniformed Division Commander for the Dorchester Berkeley Sheriff’s Office and Chief Deputy for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Director Harrell has Masters Degrees from Webster University in Management and Human Relations, a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University and an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Tidewater Community College. He is a graduate of the College of Urban Affairs, University of Louisville in Crime Prevention and Analysis, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the FBI National Academy. He is also a certified Crisis Negotiator and trainer for Kingian Nonviolence through the King Center in Atlanta.
Director Harrell is married to Kathryn Harrell. Together they have six children, eleven grandchildren and two very active dogs and a hairless cat.