Chapin Police Chief Troy Crump says his three-day suspension without pay occurred after he didn’t let Town Hall know he would be away at required firearms training last week.
The suspension came after “I inadvertently failed to communicate my absence from the office to Mayor Skip Wilson,” Crump said in a statement after returning to work Friday.
“I do not believe the suspension without pay was warranted,” Crump added. He wants Town Council to review the decision.
Wilson, who ordered the suspension, declined comment, saying Crump hadn’t told him he could publicly discuss a personnel matter.
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Crump previously announced he plans to step down after four years as chief in the Lexington County town of 1,900 once a successor is chosen.
Wilson is replacing town staff with his choices after becoming the community’s first new mayor in 32 years in 2013.
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