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Former Greer Chief of Police returning for book signing
Dean Crisp, the City of Greer’s Chief of Police from 1991 until 2004, will celebrate a homecoming at a public reception and book signing Nov. 20 in the lobby of the Events Center at Greer City Hall.


A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Crisp is recognized nationally as an innovator and a motivational leader who is always seeking ways to improve the organizational climate. He drew on his experience to author Leadership Lessons from the Thin Blue Line, published in July by Page Publishing.

“This book was developed the hard way, in the real world, by a results-oriented leader who faced guns, bombs, dope fiends, riots, disgruntled employees, political espionage, lawsuits, mediocrity, and miracles,” retired police chief Kathleen Sheehan said. “As a cop, he understands what it means to achieve the mission in the face of danger and controversy. Dean Crisp has learned just how essential it is to win the hearts, minds, and actions of human beings in order to accomplish the goals of the organization.”

A reception is planned for Crisp at 5 p.m. followed by comments at 5:30 and a book signing. A limited number of books, which are available for purchase from all major online booksellers, will be available at the event. There is no cost for the signing.

“I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends in Greer and am excited to personally share the experiences written about in the book because a large part of them I learned from my time in Greer,” Crisp said. “I owe the Greer community a great deal. This is going to be like a homecoming for me.”

Crisp, who holds a master’s degree in public affairs and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and LEEDS, has been an instructor with the FBI - Law Enforcement Executive Development Association since 2009. He travels internationally teaching leadership to thousands of Law Enforcement professionals and frequently speaks at national leadership seminars on such topics as leadership, motivating employees, community service, and crime reduction.

Among his numerous professional awards is the Tom Stone Award for Law Enforcement Excellence presented by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

A former minor league baseball player with the Minnesota Twins, Crisp began his law enforcement career in Asheville as a police cadet and became  a full time officer with the city at age 21. Quickly rising through the ranks of law enforcement, he was promoted to captain at the age of 29, major at 31 and was named as the City of Greer’s Police Chief at 33.

He later served as the Chief of Police of Columbia, S.C., retiring in 2008 to pursue his passion of teaching.

Crisp and his wife Kim reside in Mills River, N.C. and are the parents of twin sons, Adam and Andrew.