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Officials: Asst. police chief resigns, fire chief back at work

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Simpsonville Fire Chief Wesley Williams and Simpsonville Assistant Police Chief Colleen O'Neil. (Simpsonville Fire Dept./FOX Carolina) Simpsonville Fire Chief Wesley Williams and Simpsonville Assistant Police Chief Colleen O'Neil. (Simpsonville Fire Dept./FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The assistant police chief in Simpsonville has resigned following her recent suspension while the fire chief is back at work, according to city officials.

Interim Police Chief Steve Moore said Colleen O'Neil has resigned. She was previously suspended indefinitely along with Fire Chief Wesley Williams, City Administrator Russell Hawes said on Monday.

Lavada Galloway, the city of Simpsonville's human resources director, said Williams returned to work Wednesday.

Hawes would not comment as to why the two were suspended, saying he could not comment on personnel matters.

However, in a grievance filed by fired Police Chief Keith Grounsell, Grounsell alleged a "romantic relationship" between Williams and O'Neil, which he wrote violated a number of department policies. Grounsell said that when he reported the relationship to Hawes, the city administrator turned on him.

Following an executive session at Tuesday's Simpsonville City Council meeting, the council voted 5-2 to rescind the suspension of two employees, who were not named.

Moore said an interim officer will handle O'Neil's duties, but the title will not be assistant chief.

Both O'Neil and Williams declined to comment.

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