The Citadel names new campus police chief
The Citadel has a new campus chief of police, and three other Public Safety officers have been promoted.
William A. "Bill" Fletcher Jr., deputy director of Citadel Public Safety since 2000, replaces Mike Bingham, who retired in February after 14 years in the department.
Fletcher directs all law enforcement and security operations, including special investigations, disaster preparedness and recovery, and executive protection and joint activities with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He oversees a staff of 14 law enforcement officers in a 24-hour-a-day Public Safety Department.
Three other Public Safety officers also have been promoted. Maj. Bob Shipman replaces Fletcher as deputy director. Capt. William Ragland is now responsible for the operation and administrative divisions and Lt. Rodger Hilliard is in charge of investigation and training.
“I am honored and excited that Bill Fletcher has accepted these new responsibilities as chief of police. Bill is well qualified and is extremely knowledgeable of The Citadel and the institution’s needs,” said Dewey Yeatts, vice president for facilities and engineering. “I also congratulate the other three officers in Public Safety on their promotions. We are proud to have such qualified officers willing to accept responsibility for the safety and security of our campus community.”
Fletcher, who lives in Pinopolis, came to The Citadel in 1990 as a day and night shift sergeant. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1995 and to deputy director/chief in 2000. Before that he worked in security at Wells Fargo. Fletcher is a retired Air Force NCO where he was a chief criminal investigator during his 20-year military career. He also oversaw protective services for high ranking Air Force personnel and guests while assigned to the Strategic Air Command and was in charge of a 44-man quick response team that provided security to Air Force resources in remote locations.
Fletcher has attended the U.S. Air Force Security Police Academy, Department of Defense Investigations Academy, FBI Hostage Negotiations School and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. His military honors include the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.