Command Staff

Simpsonville Police Department's

Command Staff

Chief Mike Hanshaw

 

Chief Mike Hanshaw started his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 with the Simpsonville Police Department as a Patrol Officer. As a Patrol Officer he worked the night shift where he was responsible for handling calls for service and enforcing state and local laws and ordinances in the city limits of Simpsonville. He would later take a job with the Myrtle Beach Police Department in December of 1998. While working in Myrtle Beach he was a member of the night time Waterfront unit, which was responsible for handling calls for service and enforcing state and local laws and ordinances on Ocean Boulevard and the downtown area. Family would bring him back to the Simpsonville area in October of 2000 at which time he returned to the Simpsonville Police Department where he started and is currently working. 

He was placed on Uniform Patrol upon his return where he worked his way up through the ranks eventually making Sergeant over one of the shifts.  In 2005, he was transferred over to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator working on property crimes. He was later responsible for investigating violent crimes and sex crimes. In 2013 he was again promoted to Sergeant over the Criminal Investigations Division.  In 2014 he was promoted to the position of Operations Captain, where he served as the Commander over the uniform patrol division.  In July, 2017, Mike was appointed the Chief of Police by the City Administrator and City Council. 

Major Jay Owens

 

Major Jay Owens started his law enforcement career in November of 1997 with the Simpsonville Police Department. Over the years he has served the public in the roles of Patrol Officer, Uniform Patrol Corporal, Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Property Crimes Investigator, Uniform Patrol Lieutenant and Captain over Uniform Patrol.  In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Captain. In July 2017, he was promoted to Major which is his current rank. He currently oversees day to day operations, as well as, additional duties on the Administration side.  He is basically the Chief's right hand man.  Major Owens is also the departments Hostage Negotiator, where he has assisted officers on several high risk calls. In the past, Major Owens has received awards for Officer of the Year, Investigator of the Year and numerous other commendations throughout his career.

Lt. Michael Thomas

Lt. Michael Thomas began his career with the Simpsonville Police Department on August 25, 1998.  After graduating from the SC Criminal Justice Academy in November 1998, Lt. Thomas was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division where he worked as a Patrol Officer until the fall of 2001.  In October 2001, Lt. Thomas left the Uniform Patrol Division and transferred positions to that of School Resource Officer at Hillcrest Middle School.  Lt. Thomas spent 7 school years with Hillcrest Middle School before being promoted to Training/Accreditation Sergeant in February 2008. During that time period, Sgt. Thomas served as a team leader for the department's Special Response Team.  

In July 2014, he was promoted to his current position of Lieutenant over Administration and Special Units.  As the Lieutenant over Administration and Special Units, Lt. Thomas is still responsible for the training and accreditation of the department, but now supervises the department's School Resource Officers, Bike Patrol Units, Property and Evidence Units, the Citizen's Academy Program, Explorer Program and Police Intern Program.  Lt. Thomas is also responsible for the department's hiring and promotional process.  Lt. Thomas is a state certified Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, Live Fire Shoot-house Instructor and Glock Armorer.  

Lt. Timmie L. Williams

Lt. Timmie L. Williams is a native New Yorker that moved to South Carolina in 1997 along with his wife Brenda and their children. He began his law enforcement career in Mt. Vernon, NY with the Housing Police Department. He worked there for a period of three years. After relocating to SC he was hired at the Greenville County Detention Center where he worked for three years. During his employment with the detention center he was promoted twice and held the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant. In 2000 he gained employment with Simpsonville Police Department where he is currently working. At this agency he held the position of Sergeant for more than ten years before being promoted to the position of an Investigator and  then recently to the position of Lieutenant of Investigations.

According to Lt. Timmie Williams, "I found out after talking to a former Lt of Simpsonville and he advised me that I am the first African American to hold this position in the history of the Simpsonville Police Department. I am very proud that this happened to me. I look forward to the challenges ahead and working together with the community."

 


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