Speak Out: Should Simpsonville Council Open Up on Grounsell Firing?

The law doesn't compel the Council to speak publicly on a personnel matter, but with mounting outrage over the firing from the community, should they anyway?

In the wake of the City Council's firing of popular Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell, the question on everybody's mind is "why?"

Following the Council's 5-2 vote Friday night to terminate Grounsell after only four months on the job, Mayor Perry Eichor and Council members have either declined to comment or have ignored Patch's and other media requests for an explanation.


The Council hired Grounsell and has the authority to fire him; and, the Council is not compelled by law to publicly discuss a personnel matter. 

One obvious reason for Council not to talk at this time is that Grounsell's firing is ripe for legal action. Indeed, Grounsell told Patch immediately after his firing that he planned to discuss legal options with his attorney. He also said his firing had more to do with his trying to address and fix long-standing alleged corruption and low morale within the department than with his performance as chief. 

"I think it will take a SLED or FBI investigation to get to the bottom of this whole mess," Grounsell told Patch.

However, with confidence in City Council waning, and dissatisfaction and mistrust growing, (evidenced by numerous comments on Patch and a fast-growing Facebook page in support of Grounsell), should the Council provide city residents with at least some level of detail about why they fired him?

Speak your mind and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Nick Smith January 10, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Why don't you pick up a copy of James Owens performance review too. You remember him don't you? He was the officer fired by Grounsell to make a spot for your son in law. The day before he was fired he had a great performance review. Be careful casting stones when you're living in a glass house!
Jane Doe January 11, 2013 at 03:46 AM
George Curtis is a moron. How can you smirk at the people you are suppose to represent and tell them they can vote you out at the next election if you dont like it. The problem with that is he knows his re-election is not for three more years. Guess he hopes everyone will forget his remark by then.
Jane Doe January 11, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Laura Johnson January 12, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Hey guys and girls! I just confirmed that “NICK SMITH” is Colleen Oneil the recently terminated and disgruntled Assistant Chief of Police from Simpsonville. Keep that in mind whenever you read her post. Oh yea, I am a friend of a close friend of Colleen Oneil’s best friend at the Simpsonville PD, Karen Henderson. Karen Henderson is the current School Resource Officer from Hillcrest Middle School. Just thought everyone should know this, so take what Colleen Oneil (aka Nick Smith) says with a grain of salt since she loves to lie. How’s your fireman doing Nick?
Golden Strip Citizen January 31, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Good find, how did you find out and can you fill us in how


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