It is with heavy hearts that the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety was informed today of the loss of one of our own.
Former Deputy Chief and later Interim Chief William F. Herkert, Jr. passed yesterday, February 19, 2021 at the Medical University of South Carolina. Chief Herkert dedicated multiple decades of his life to public service and law enforcement. He was a man of moral character and never hesitated to help others, having voluntarily come out of retirement on two separate occasions to heed the call for service.
His dedication to the job and his professionalism set a benchmark for others to follow. His leadership by example was exemplary. His presence and spirit are and will continue to be missed. Keep his friends and family in your thoughts.
From Chief Chip Searson:
As I often say, those who serve in our profession are a different breed. Those called to serve are cut from a different cloth.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord say who shall I send and who will go for us? And I said I am here Lord, send me.”
Bill Herkert said I am here Lord….send me…..
Gods speed to you Chief.
Chief Herkert’s end of watch was 19 February 2021. He was 65 years old and leaves behind a wife, adult children, extended family, and a huge law enforcement family. Rest easy, Chief. We have the watch now.