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Chapin council reinstates suspended town clerk

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The fighting and turmoil continues in the Town of Chapin after a special meeting was held Thursday.

Dozens showed up to cheer as they reinstated a town clerk who was suspended by Mayor Skip Wilson Friday.

Each council member agreed the mayor acted illegally by suspending Town Clerk Adrienne Thompson.

In a statement released Sunday by the town, it said "the proper investigative authorities have been notified, and more information will be forthcoming when the investigation is completed." However, a the State Law Enforcement Division was not asked until Thursday to investigate what the town's mayor said are "financial irregularities" made by Thompson.

Many at the Thursday's meeting said they fear all of the infighting is giving Chapin a black eye.

"We're going through so much turmoil – needlessly," said one Chapin resident.

Wilson has accused Thompson of misappropriating town funds, making unauthorized town purchases, ethics violations, even nepotism among other things.

But now, Thompson is reinstated by council, members say the mayor acted illegally by suspending her.

"Women -- little old ladies -- they have gone after. What an embarrassment," said another Chapin resident.

SLED has not made a decision on whether it will investigate Wilson's suspicions.

Thompson said she isn't worried.

"I think it'll take them five minutes to go through my stuff and realize there's nothing there," Thompson said.

Thompson said the mayor's accusation primarily stem from expenditure at the new Town.

"They are $54 a chair. When I ordered them, I was having them embroidered," Thompson said. "I had to pay for them ahead of time to have them embroidered. I used my own personal credit card. Then, when I went to collect from the town, he would not reimburse me. Then, he tried to say that was misappropriation of funds."

Thompson and members of the community said they only hope things get better for the sake of Chapin.

Calls to Wilson requesting comment have not been returned.

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