- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The police chief reinstated to his job by the Simpsonville City Council wants more than $100,000 in back pay and a seven-year contract.

Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor gave The Greenville News (https://grnol.co/1cKwxyd ) a copy of the proposed contract for Chief Keith Grounsell given to the City Council. Grounsell was fired in 2012, but a change on City Council after last November’s election led the city to agree to hire him back last month.

The contract calls for $112,000 in back pay and benefits Grounsell lost during the 14 months he didn’t have the job.

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Grounsell told the newspaper he wouldn’t talk about his proposal until the City Council votes.

Councilman Matthew Gooch voted against rehiring Grounsell and thinks the contract would be a bad precedent for other city department leaders.


Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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