Town of Springdale’s police chief surprised with $2000 check for department

Chief Cornett with Chamber members and city employees. Karamie Sullivan photo

Thursday afternoon marked the grand opening of Springdale’s new Dollar General. The town’s police chief Kevin Cornett attended the event, assuming he was going to simply support a new business in the community. However, the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber had another reason for asking Cornett to be at the event.

Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper spoke to the crowd about a previous meeting he had with the chief. “We found out a need that the police department had,” said Skipper.  He said they discovered the department was in need of new computers for their patrol cars.

The chamber was able to make a donation to the chief, with the help of community members.   He thanked the Dream Makers association and their president Vicki Lovett for their contribution, along with Steve Cohen, partner for Something Borrowed.  Skipper asked Cornett to walk to the center of the crowd, and directed his attention to the right. A check for $2000 was brought over and presented to him.

Cornett said the check came as a surprise. “I met with Mr. Skipper several months ago and he asked me what need we had,” he said. “I told him we had to remove our in-car computers because they were out of date.” That was the last that was mentioned about the subject, according to the chief.

He later said he was wondering why Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop had asked him several times if he would be at the Dollar General ribbon cutting. “But it made sense once they gave us that check,” he said. “That will be a huge help for us when we start purchasing the new car computers.”

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