Simpsonville Police Chief Grounsell resigns

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Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell has resigned.

Mayor Janice Curtis released a statement saying, “We thank Keith Grounsell for his service to the people of Simpsonville. We wish him well in his law enforcement career.”

Councilman Taylor Graham had said earlier that Simpsonville’s mayor had enough votes to dismiss Police Chief Keith Grounsell.

On Tuesday, the City of Simpsonville announced a special meeting would be held Wednesday, discussing a department head, but that’s all city officials would say.

The 3pm meeting was canceled and instead, Grounsell’s resignation was announced in the council chambers.

During a special meeting in April, Simpsonville ended up with a suspended police chief. Chief Keith Grounsell then returned to work in May.

According to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request, council suspended the chief because of comments he made on social media.

Grounsell was fired in 2012, and eventually rehired.

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