Department of Security Operations Promotions

October Board Meeting
September 20, 2019
Palmetto Dunes Women’s Club
October 1, 2019

Department of Security Operations Promotions

Published October 18, 2019
by Chief Jim Griner

One of my most enjoyable experiences at Palmetto Dunes has been to see employees develop as leaders and advance their careers within our organization.

This past August, numerous eligible employees applied for promotion to the rank of Corporal or Sergeant. The promotion process was lengthy and began with a 100-question test. Applicants who scored well on this test qualified to complete a management assessment, which is designed to review behavioral traits, thinking styles, and interests.

Subsequently, all applicants participated in a panel interview comprised of members from the management team. Aside from the above processes, a file review was also conducted of each applicant that offered additional points for criteria such as education, length of service with Palmetto Dunes, as well as, prior military, security, and law enforcement experience. The final scores were tabulated based on the above criteria.

Four of our security employees met all of the requirements to be promoted within the organization.

On September 25, a promotion ceremony was held at Palmetto Dunes for the following employees:

Christopher “Chris” Outlaw
Promoted to Sergeant
Chris Outlaw joined the team at Palmetto Dunes in September 2016. Chris previously served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. Additionally, he was previously employed by Wexford POA Security and advanced to the rank of Assistant Chief.

Richard Jennings
Promoted to Sergeant
Richard Jennings joined the team at Palmetto Dunes in February 2019. Richard previously served in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge. He was previously employed by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer and the Hardeeville Police Department as a patrol Sergeant and Code Enforcement Officer.

Lester Johnson
Promoted to Corporal
Lester Johnson joined the team at Palmetto Dunes in April 2018. Lester previously served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. He was previously employed by Callawassie Island Security and served as a patrol officer.

Michael Washington
Promoted to Corporal
Michael Washington joined the team at Palmetto Dunes in February 2019. He previously served in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge, and was previously employed by the Ridgeland Correctional Facility as a Contraband Officer.

All newly promoted supervisors, along with existing supervisors, will be participating in 40 hours of training that focuses on basic skills for new supervisors. The online training will be provided by the Institute of Police Technology and Management based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Please help me in congratulating these newly appointed officers on their outstanding accomplishment!

— Jim Griner, Chief of Security

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