PACOLET, SC (WSPA) – The parking spot for Pacolet’s Chief of Police stayed empty on Tuesday after the town’s council voted to fire him in their meeting Monday night.
About 20 people were in attendance, including the chief himself–Terry Logan.
One council member abstained from voting. The other five members voted to approve the town administrator’s recommendation to terminate Logan.
This comes after issues were recently brought to the town administrator’s attention by multiple sources.
The town administrator told 7 News, because it’s a personnel matter, they will not comment on the details.
They simply thanked Logan for his service to the Town of Pacolet and said they wish him well.
Community members 7 News spoke with said they hardly knew the chief.
“Pacolet Police used to be really good people to work with; but I don’t know a single new person down here that’s a police officer,” Dianne Osteen said.
Now that Logan has been let go, the second in command–acting Lieutenant John Alexander–will become Interim Chief.
He told 7 News that he and his team will continue to respond the same as they did before all of this happened.
Many Pacolet residents told 7 News they’re not worried.
“I’ve been at my residence for 37 years and had my first police experience this past week,” Dale Helms. “Being such a small, close-knit town, we take care of our own and watch after each other.”
The interim chief says, if the department needs any help, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to be on standby, which is something those living in Pacolet said they’ve already noticed.
“Spartanburg County has officers in this area pretty much 24/7 and I don’t think it would be a problem whatsoever calling the county if need be,” Helms said.
The town administrator told 7 News they have the Town’s best interests at heart and will work to make sure the position is filled with the very best fit for Pacolet.
When we asked the community what they’d like to see in their next chief, they said they’d like someone who is more involved in the community.
“More presence,” Helms said. “We know they’re here, but just to be seen. That’s a big thing.”
“I’d like to see one who’s well-trained and knows what he’s doing–and, at least, gets to know all the people in Pacolet,” Osteen added.
Logan became Pacolet’s Chief of Police in August of 2018.
7 News reached out to Logan and town council members, but we’re still waiting to hear back.
Two Pacolet police officers also recently resigned from the department. Both were there for less than a month.
Town officials couldn’t confirm whether or not their resignations were tied to Logan’s termination.
We are working to get more details and will keep you updated here.