J. Phillip Webster was appointed to the position of Chief of Police on December 16, 2013. Chief Webster is a lifelong resident of Horry County, having grown up in Myrtle Beach.
Chief Webster began his law enforcement career with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety in April 1992 as a Public Safety Officer. He spent the majority of his career in Uniform Patrol, where he attained the rank of Corporal in 1995, Sergeant in 2000, and Lieutenant in 2001. While on patrol, he served on the department’s Special Response Team as an Entry Operator, Marksman, Team Leader and Team Commander. As a Lieutenant, he went on to supervise Support Services in 2011, overseeing the agency’s Communications / Detention Center, Records Division, and Training Unit. Upon being promoted to the rank of Captain in 2012, he developed and oversaw Internal Affairs, led Law Enforcement Operations, Support Services and Special Services.
Chief Webster is a strong proponent of the Community-Oriented Policing and Problem-Oriented Policing philosophies. Under his tenure, the department has implemented the Police Training Officer (PTO) Model. In addition, he and his staff employ research-based methods to deliver more effective and efficient police services to the residents and visitors of North Myrtle Beach.
Chief Webster graduated from the University of Louisville in December 2015, with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. He attended the Southern Police Institute’s 130th Administrative Officers Course and graduated in November 2013. Additionally, he is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s College of Criminal Justice and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
He is the current president of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association
Chief Webster is a former United States Marine. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1982 and served until 1986. As a Marine he was stationed at Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington DC and deployed to South America with UNITAS XXIV / WATC 83. In 1983, he volunteered for assignment to 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment in Beirut, Lebanon and served as a member of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force. As a Marine, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two stars. In addition, he earned three meritorious masts and was promoted to Corporal meritoriously.
He is the third vice president of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association and a member of the North Myrtle Beach Rotary and Optimist Clubs. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Beirut Veterans Association. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.
Chief Webster and his wife, Kelly, have been happily married since February 2012. He has two children, Haley and Phillip. He is an avid runner, surfer, and outdoor sports enthusiast.