Colonel William R. Neill

William (Bill) Neill is a lifelong resident of South Carolina.  He is a native of Beaufort, and a graduate of Beaufort High School.  In 1968 while attending college he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 101 St. Airborne Divisions, 2nd of the 506th Infantry, Viet Nam.  Neill has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 168.


Neill began his law enforcement career in 1972 with the Orangeburg Police Department, South Carolina and served for over twelve years in various positions from Patrolman to Acting Police Chief.


From 1983 to 1988, Neill served as the Chief of Internal and Criminal Investigations and the Chief of Law Enforcement Operations at the Savannah River Site, United States Department of Energy; 1988 to 1993 Chief of Police in Camden, South Carolina; 1993 to 2000 Chief of Police in Beaufort, South Carolina; 2000 to 2006 Deputy Director with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety; 2006 to 2008 the Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (Police Academy); and a Project Manager with the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center in Charleston, South Carolina.


In December 2008, Neill was appointed by Sheriff P.J. Tanner as the Accreditation Co-Manager for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.  Responsibilities include implementing the necessary standards for the Sheriff’s Office for international accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Performed assigned tasks related to research and development, project management, program assessments, policy development and line and staff inspections.  In 2012, Neill was reassigned to manage the Support Services Section and in 2014 promoted to Lieutenant Colonel over the Administrative and Support Services Division. In 2020, Neill was promoted to Colonel and remains Commander of the Administrative  Division. 


Neill has over forty-six years of diverse law enforcement experience in municipal, federal, state, and county government.  He is extremely experienced in developing and implementing contemporary law enforcement programs directed at achieving a high level of professional police services. 


His experience also includes service on numerous professional committees such as:   

  • Chairman of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council;

  • Chairman of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer Safety Committee, appointed by Governor Hodges;

  • Chairman of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame Committee;

  • Chairman of the Department of Public Safety Coordinating Council;

  • Committee Member on the Carolina's Institute for Community Policing, for North and South Carolina;

  • Committee Member, South Carolina Municipal Association Law Enforcement Committee; 

  • Committee Member, South Carolina Law Enforcement Certification Review Committee, appointed by Governor Sanford;

  • Chairman, South Carolina Training Officers Association;

  • Committee Member, South Carolina Magistrates Training Reform Act Committee;

  • Chairman, Physical Fitness Standards for South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers.

Col. William Neill


Phone: 843-255-3295

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

2001 Duke St

Beaufort, South Carolina 29902


Phone: 843-255-3200

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