Officer Charlie (C. Christopher West)

The “C” is for Charles which means “strong, manly; valiant one”

Joshua 1:9 (KJV) — Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.

Officer Charlie, 60, is “Grandpa” to Dexter. He sure wishes his wife, Pearl, was still around to help raise the fine boy who had come to live with him, but she died from smoke inhalation when the fire tore Burnt Swamp apart. When their daughter Nell and her husband decided to follow Pastor Abe's lead and move to the city, Charlie had fought the desire to pick up stakes, too, but he didn't have peace about leaving when the town needed somebody with a level head to help restore order.

Since the police department falls under the jurisdiction of the Mayor and Town Council, Charlie answers to Gavin's dad, Mayor Goodfellow, and knows him well. Charlie has a passing acquaintance with Gavin from church picnics and chicken and dumpling dinners at Mount Hope Meeting Ground (where he serves on the Administrative Council). Officer Charlie is serious about the law and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Gavin's misdeeds. In his uniform, Charlie may come across as gruff, but he's a sensitive, perceptive man with a keen sense of justice and fair play. He is a kind soul who loves his grandson Dexter will all his heart.