Former Aiken Public Safety Chief Pete Frommer was honored for his more than 40 years of service to Aiken County by the Aiken County Legislative Delegation.


Frommer received a resolution at the delegation’s regular meeting on Aug. 12.


The resolution was approved in 2012 by the S.C. House of Representatives, said S.C. Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken.


“We couldn’t give it to him because of scheduling conflicts until recently,” Young said.


Frommer served the Aiken Department of Public Safety for more than 40 years, including serving as chief from 1999 to 2012.


“To congratulate Peter N. Frommer, director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Aiken, on the occasion of his retirement, to thank him for his more than 40 years of dedicated service to the City of Aiken, and to wish him much success and happiness in all his future endeavors,” the resolution reads.


Frommer has been a resident of Aiken since he was 6 months old, according to the resolution. He graduated from USC Aiken and the FBI National Academy.


“ ... In 1961, when Pete was just 8 years old, a few Aiken firefighters spent an afternoon at his elementary school and ignited his imagination and a desire within him that would one day take him from (an) 8-year-old volunteer to the director’s position many years later at the Department of Public Safety,” the resolution reads.


Frommer was hired as a firefighter for the City of Aiken in 1972 and promoted to Public Safety officer in 1975. He was later named a shift sergeant in 1979, an inspector in 1972, division captain in 1994 and director of Public Safety in 1999.


Frommer implemented a variety of programs and projects at Aiken Public Safety, including take-home patrol cars, 12-hour shifts, a special-services unit for execution of high-risk warrants and extradition of prisoners, mounted patrol officers and the organization of the Police Athletic League, according to the resolution.


Frommer could not be reached for comment for this story.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.