Ex-police captain taking charge of county schools’ safety
The Darlington County School District (DCSD) has announced that former Darlington Police Department Capt. Kim Nelson will join the district as its new coordinator of safety and emergency management. Nelson previously worked with DCSD for two years as a safety, security and risk management technician before returning to duty with DPD. Nelson has spent more than 20 years in law enforcement, including developing expertise in emergency management and preparedness, investigative study, public safety preparation, management of school resource officers, and victims services. She holds an Associate of Arts in criminal justice from Florence-Darlington Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Coker College, a Master of Arts in management and leadership from Webster University and a Criminal Justice Post-Master’s Certificate from Northcentral University. The position of coordinator of safety and emergency management is a new position within the district. The primary responsibilities of the position will be to coordinate safety and security measures throughout the school district. The position will be under the supervision of the assistant superintendent for administration and operations and will work in collaboration with district and school leaders to establish appropriate procedures and plans to ensure safe and secure school and district facilities.