South Congaree town leaders are dropping an effort to give police chief Josh Shumpert unspecified goals to meet or face dismissal.
“I’m excited to be chief and looking forward to everybody moving on,” Shumpert said Wednesday.
The change of heart among town leaders is “absolutely” a relief, he said.
A divided Town Council approved the change late Tuesday, settling uncertainty over leadership of law enforcement in the Lexington County community of 2,300 residents.
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In a 3-2 decision, council members scrapped a plan adopted in July to give Shumpert six months to accomplish what was described then as a “corrective action plan.”
But no plan was ever settled on, town leaders say.
Councilwoman Lila Gantt called the reversal a mistake. “I just feel we needed to be helping him,” she said.
No explanation for the dissatisfaction among some of the five council members with Shumpert has been made public.
But Mayor Brian Jackson said the complaints are unjustified.
Shumpert, 31, has been in charge of the six-officer force for the past 18 months.
He took over after former chief Jason Amodio resigned.
Amodio has been indicted by the State Grand Jury on charges of accepting payments in exchange for not destroying gambling machines.