Three top officials at Lexington County Sheriff's Office terminated

Published: Sep. 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - In July, WIS told you about several employees who either resigned or were fired from their jobs at the Sheriff's department and/or the county's detention center.

A Freedom of Information Act request filed shows three top officials at the Lexington County Sheriff's Office were also terminated.

The reason listed in the documentation only as "no longer serves at the pleasure of the Sheriff."

Former assistant sheriff Keith Kirchner, former chief of jail operations Allan Paavel, and former major and assistant bureau commander Darren Amick were all fired within a day of Metts' indictment.

Paavel worked at the Lexington County Sheriff's Office for 36 years, and Kirchner had been there for 28 years.

Amick rejoined the department 13 years ago, but previously served 12 years before taking a job with the 11th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

WIS has also learned current Chief of Law Enforcement Administration Lester Reynolds had been inactive in law enforcement since 1997 when he was hired the day after Metts' indictment.

Also hired that day was Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Carl Young who retired from the Columbia Police department in 2009.

Five correctional officers also resigned after Metts was suspended.

Another correctional officer was terminated for violating agency policy.

Since Metts was indicted, at least nine employees have been hired as correctional officers and deputies.

As we learned Wednesday regarding the status of Sheriff Metts, his trial is set to start in January and is expected to last two weeks.

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