A South Carolina public safety chief has been demoted as an the investigation on how his gun was stolen continues. North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Chief William Bailey was demoted to lieutenant Tuesday after Bailey admitted about four weeks ago he lied about the circumstances in which his gun was stolen from his vehicle.
The Associated Press reports initially Bailey said the gun was stolen from his glove box that was locked in the pick-up truck. However, investigators determined that model truck does not have a lock. On December 30, Bailey was placed on leave. Now, he is suspended without pay for two weeks. North Myrtle Beach City Manager Phil Smithson says a further suspension could be counted against Bailey’s vacation time or taken without pay.