Chapin police chief suspended without pay, reason unclear

Chapin police chief suspended without pay, reason unclear

CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - Chapin's police chief has been suspended without pay for three days for what the mayor describes as "performance issues."

In an email sent to Chapin Town Council members and Finance and Administrative Support Director Carl Stevens at 7:48 p.m. Jan. 19, Mayor Skip Wilson explained that Chief Troy Crump was suspended for three days without pay "due to specific performance standards stated in his job description." Wilson said in the email that he could not be specific regarding Crump's suspension and asked that those reading the email would use caution "prior to jumping to any speculation and/or conclusion" regarding the suspension.

"I trust you will support this decision for the benefit of the citizens and businesses of Chapin," Wilson wrote in the email.

We also obtained a copy of an email Crump sent at 12:13 p.m. Jan. 19 to Wilson, copying council members and the legal department at the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, asking for an appeal of the three-day suspension. Crump wrote that he was served the suspension by the finance director and not his immediate supervisor. Crump referenced the town's employee handbook that says he has three days to appeal the suspension to the Mayor.

Wilson replied to Crump's request for an appeal at 4:36 p.m. Jan. 19, stating, "While I respect your request to have this matter reviewed by members of Chapin Town Council, SC Code of Laws strictly prohibits town council from intervening into daily operations of a municipality in a Mayor-Council form of government."

Wilson continued by saying he appreciated Crump referencing the employee handbook, but that it did not "supercede state statute."

Crump then sent an email to town council members and Stevens requesting a grievance hearing.

We reached out to Wilson and Crump, but we have not received any response from either as of this report.

Currently, the Chapin Police Department's homepage lists Crump as its chief. However, under the job openings link on Chapin's homepage, there is a post for the Chief of Police job.

"Crump decided in November to step down as chief to focus more attention on community policing efforts and serve as 'acting chief' until a new chief was hired," Communications Director Karen Owens said. "The town is currently engaged in the search profess, but an official hire has not been made to-date."

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