SC city’s police chief resigns

SC city’s police chief resigns


GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city’s police chief, who had been under investigation for allegedly giving preferential treatment to a businessman, has resigned.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller resigned Tuesday after First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe announced that Miller would not face criminal charges after a State Law Enforcement Division investigation, news outlets reported. Miller was accused of giving preferential treatment to a businessman, who was arrested for intoxication. The businessman was a contributor to the Greenville Police Foundation, the investigation revealed.

No evidence to support a criminal charge for Miller or his staff was found after the probe was launched in May following allegations of misconduct, but First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said there was evidence that Miller and interim Capt. Jason Rampey were untruthful about taking action to get a public intoxication charge dismissed for a wealthy businessman in August 2018.

Leslie Fletcher, communications manager for Greenville, said Tuesday that the city and Miller have had ongoing discussions following the SLED investigation. The discussions focused on the importance of keeping the public’s trust and confidence in the Greenville Police Department, Fletcher said.

“After careful consideration of these important goals, Chief Miller has tendered his resignation as the Chief of Police and the City Manager has accepted it,” said a city statement about the resignation.

Miller will receive a severance payment equal to four months of his salary, Fletcher said. His most recent salary was $159,536, according to an employee evaluation obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In a statement, Miller said it has “been my highest honor to faithfully serve Greenville for more than five years. Together, we have improved the quality of life for our community and substantially reduced crime; we have advanced policing to a much higher, responsive and more compassionate level; and, we have improved preparedness and professionalism throughout our ranks. It is my hope that the department will strive to live by its core values, expressing them in every action it takes, and defending the rights of all in the work that it does, regardless of their stature or status in our community. Our public deserves nothing less.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Howie Thompson will continue to serve as interim police chief, she said.

“I’m sure this was a difficult decision for Chief Miller and our city manager,” Mayor Knox White said in a text message to The Greenville News Wednesday. “I appreciated the relationship I had with Chief Miller personally and professionally and wish him the best.”

Published at Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:02:00 +0000

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