Simpsonville city officials say Fire Chief Wesley Williams and Assistant Police Chief Colleen O’Neil have been suspended indefinitely.
City officials would not comment as to why the pair was suspended, saying they could not comment on personnel matters.
However, the suspensions come roughly a week after the firing of Police Chief Keith Grounsell. The Simpsonville City Council voted 5-2 on Dec. 28 to fire Grounsell, who took the job three months ago. Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor said in a release that Grounsell was fired after a bad performance review. But the former chief says he was terminated because he clashed with O’Neil.
Grounsell claimed Monday that he had tried to discipline his assistant chief after learning about an alleged affair she was having with Williams. The former chief told WYFF-TV that he gave City Administrator Russ Hawes a 50-page packet of alleged violations and insubordinations by O’Neil, but that Hawes “blew me off.”
Grounsell filed a wrongful termination grievance at City Hall on Monday. His attorney told FOX Carolina that he may make a statement at Tuesday night’s scheduled city council meeting. The Simpsonville City Council plans to meet in executive session Tuesday about the matter.