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 in 1988 until he retirement in April 2019.
His most recent position was as commander of operational services where he oversaw the largest and busiest area of Brevard County, serving a population of over 200,000. His command included 103 employees and an annual budget of $9 million with oversight of the traffic unit, agricultural unit, marine unit, explosives ordnance disposal unit, K-9 unit, bloodhound unit, animal services and enforcement, aviation unit, emergency operations, honor guard, chaplains, and the volunteer program.
During his career, Purden has served as a patrol deputy, field training officer, dive team member, special weapons and tactics team deputy/team leader, tactical team deputy, patrol sergeant, community policing sergeant, patrol lieutenant, career development unit lieutenant, major/countywide watch commander, special weapons and tactics team commander, west precinct commander, administrative services commander, and court services commander.
Purden holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, MO with major course work in criminal justice. He is a graduate of the 224th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville) 39th Command Officers Development Course. He has thousands of hours of other professional training and certifications.
Purden has two grown children, a son, Austin, who is a police officer in Melbourne, FL, and a daughter, Sierra, who will be attending law school in the fall.