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South Congaree police chief keeps job, placed on corrective action plan


Police Chief Josh Shumpert arrived at South Congaree Town Hall to a hero's welcome.

Facing termination, Shumpert remained calm and quiet waiting to hear his fate. In Monday's meeting, he was forced to give up his badge and run only to have it returned 45 minutes later. On Tuesday, that wasn't the case as the South Congaree council opted not to fire Shumpert.

Instead, they put him on a 180-day "corrective action plan."

"We're going to come up with a solution to give Chief Shumpert a plan of action to correct any discrepancies that he may have that Council has found," South Congaree Councilman Jerry Smith said.

What the council has found, however, remains a mystery.

"Well, that's a personnel matter," Smith said. "We're not allowed to talk about that, unfortunately."

Mayor Brian Jackson says that, over the past 10 years, the chief has only been written up once for recently being late to work. Outside of that, he doesn't know what Shumpert did wrong. Even Shumpert himself says he hasn't been told what he's apparently done wrong.

"I don't know," Shumpert said. "I don't know anything. All I've got to do is hold my head up and I appreciate the support."

There was a lot of public support for Shumpert and very little for council as speakers like Jones gave their heartfelt opinions to the town leaders.

"The ultimatum I gave them was either they needed to get together and work together," South Congaree resident Danny Jones said, "or they needed to resign."

Shumpert, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere for now.

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