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Former police chief to try to monetize woodworking passion
Phillip Scholl spend eight months pondering his future before resigning as police chief. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

RINCON — Phillip Scholl isn’t chasing bad guys anymore. Instead, he is in hot pursuit of his dream.

Scholl recently resigned as Rincon’s police chief after spending eight months pondering his future. His last day on the job was July 10.

Scholl is passionate about the hobby of woodworking and decided to devote more time and energy to it.

“This was one of the times in my life when I had to actually back up and say, ‘I am going to do this for me,’” Scholl said.

Scholl hopes to be able to make a living building furniture one day.

“The dream is achievable,” he said. “This is not one of those outlandish ideas. This is one of those achievable dreams that I want to do while I’m still young enough to do it and not have any dire consequences if I’m not able to succeed.

“I have secured employment so I have financial means to put food on the table on an everyday basis but my hobby — furniture building — is my dream. I want to be able to continue to do that.”

Scholl occasionally wavered on his decision.

He explained, “My wife and I even had a conversation days ago before I left about would it be easier if I rescinded my resignation and stayed (with the police department) because it would make things so much easier for everybody else. She asked, ‘Would it be easier for you?’ And I said, ‘No.’”

Scholl also revealed his love of woodworking to Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

“I told him at one point, ‘If I could figure out a way to do this and give everything away, I would do it,” Scholl said. “That’s how much I enjoy building things. But if you can make a couple of bucks doing it, you might as well.”

See the July 18 edition of the Effingham Herald for the rest of the story.