Chief Gregory Purden Retires After 31 Years of Stellar Service With Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 23, 2019
initially hired on March 21, 1988, by former Sheriff Jake Miller
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recently our agency wished a very happy retirement to longtime Brevard County Sheriff’s Office family member Chief Greg Purden.
Greg has enjoyed an incredible career with our agency and leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and valued public service that will be deeply missed.
Greg was initially hired on March 21, 1988, by former Sheriff Jake Miller. During his 31 years with the agency, he was assigned to many different units and positions to include Commanding West Precinct, Administrative Services, Court Services and Operational Services.
Additionally, Greg has served as a Major/Watch Commander, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Corporal, Agent, FTO, Deputy and SWAT member/Commander.
Greg has always proven himself to be an outstanding asset to our agency and community. having received hundreds of letters of Commendation, Unit Citations, Merit, Life-Saving and Commendable Service Bars throughout his career.
Through Greg’s leadership, hundreds of young deputies have developed to become the future of our agency.
In addition to his Law Enforcement efforts, Greg is also fondly known as the “Walking Boss” in our annual Jail Break charity fundraising efforts and also emcees our annual Awards Ceremony.
Greg was recently named as the new Police Chief for North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Prior to his illustrious career with the BCSO, Greg was a member of the West Melbourne Police Department for two years.
Greg is also a graduate of the elite FBI National Academy 224 session.
Please join me in congratulating Greg for his incredible efforts and commitment to our agency and citizens and also in wishing him a very short, but relaxing, fun and well-deserved retirement prior to starting his new career!!
We wish Greg the absolute best in this next chapter of his life and greatly appreciate his service, dedication and commitment to our community.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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