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Board upholds decision to fire Anderson police chief

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Martin Brown addresses the grievance committee before a packed audience. (Sept. 19, 2012/FOX Carolina) Martin Brown addresses the grievance committee before a packed audience. (Sept. 19, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

At a grievance hearing held Wednesday afternoon, a board upheld a decision to fire Anderson Police Chief Martin Brown.

Brown, who had been the city's top cop since 2006, requested the grievance hearing after he was fired on Aug. 23.

Anderson City Manager John Moore said Brown was accused of investigating top police department employees after they complained about his performance. He said Brown disobeyed instructions not to confront those employees.

On Wednesday, Brown stood before a packed room and challenged the decision to fire him. He said that he rejects Moore's claims. To prove his point, Brown read aloud glowing performance reviews from Moore, calling him a team player and a leader.

Moore also addressed the board.

In the end, the board unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Brown.

After the hearing, Brown said he will consider his options, which include going before the City Council. He said he also may pursue legal action.

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