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Kris Ahler, Landrum Police Chief

Protecting the Foothills

Kris Ahler, Landrum Police Chief

By Macy Cochran

“I was going to school to be an ophthalmologist,” Kris Ahler, Chief of Landrum Police Department (LPD) says. But he soon realized that fitting people for glasses is not what he wanted.

Now, protecting Landrum is Ahler’s main priority. Not just because it’s his job, but because of what he feels deep inside that tells him this is what he’s meant to do.
Interestingly enough, the idea of being a policeman hit Ahler while he was in the middle of mowing his lawn. Then, he realized the friends he connects best with are involved with law enforcement.
After accomplishing years in the army as a United States Army Ranger, earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and his master’s in Business Administration, and graduating from Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy, Ahler was ready to work as a police officer in his home state of Florida. But he didn’t stay there long.
The South Carolina Foothills offered Ahler something Florida doesn’t have: mountains. So, he moved to the Foothills where he has resided for twenty years with his family of five.

“When I have a bad day or run a bad call, I step outside the door of the Police Department and look at the mountains.”

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