Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor was arrested Tuesday and charged with Misconduct in Office and other charges, according to state police.
The State Law Enforcement Division said it filed the charges against Eichor following an investigation. SLED warrants state that the 78-year-old mayor is charged with Intimidation of Court Officials, Jurors, or Witnesses, as well as Misconduct and Obstruction of Justice.
The warrants are vague on the specifics of accusations against Eichor, but they state he made an “implied threat” to a municipal court employee and attempted to “intimidate the Municipal Judge in the discharge of his duty.” A third warrant states Eichor gave the threat in an effort to “influence the employee’s official actions.”
He was released after posting bond. When reached by phone afterwards, Eichor said he did nothing wrong, but would not give any further comment. He said he will not resign.
The Simpsonville City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening.
Eichor has been involved in a public dispute with the town’s police chief Keith Grounsell, firing the chief last year before the council eventually rehired Grounsell later in the year. Grounsell told FOX Carolina that he was not involved in Eichor’s investigation.