Chief Greg Purden, a 33-year law enforcement veteran, was appointed our new North Myrtle Beach Police Chief on May 1, 2019. Before joining North Myrtle Beach, Purden began his career in 1985 with the West Melbourne, FL Police Department and then served with the Brevard County, FL Sheriff’s Office from 1988 until his retirement in 2019.
During his career, Chief Purden has served as a patrol deputy, field training officer, dive team member, special weapons and tactics unit and the tactical team. His leadership experience includes time as a patrol sergeant, community policing sergeant, patrol lieutenant and career development unit lieutenant. Chief Purden served as the County Wide Watch Commander and several assignments to include Precinct Commander, Administrative Services Commander and Special Operations Commander.
Purden holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. He is a graduate of the 244th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute 39th Command Officers Development Course. He has thousands of hours of professional training and certifications and has developed and implemented law enforcement leadership training programs.
Chief Purden has two grown children. His son Austin is a police officer in Melbourne, FL and is married to Ashley who is a nurse. His daughter Sierra is currently attending law school.