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Ex-Simpsonville police chief considering council run

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Former Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell addresses the city council earlier in January where he demanded a grievance hearing. (File/FOX Carolina) Former Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell addresses the city council earlier in January where he demanded a grievance hearing. (File/FOX Carolina)
The Simpsonville City Council takes a vote on the future of the city's police chief. (Dec. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Simpsonville City Council takes a vote on the future of the city's police chief. (Dec. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Fired Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell said he wants to continue to serve and "clean up" his city, which may include a run for city council.

Grounsell was fired at the Dec. 28 Simpsonville City Council meeting and since then, he has fired back at the council, claiming he was let go because he tried to clean up the department. Grounsell told FOX Carolina on Monday he may run for city council to accomplish that goal.

Following his firing, Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor said the decision was made because Grounsell was not a good fit and failed to work well with the city's administration. Last week, city officials said Grounsell's request for a grievance hearing was denied because he was not entitled to a grievance because he was in his probationary period when he was fired.

Grounsell said he has not made the final decision whether he will run yet.

"I need to pray about it and determine if it is in God's plans for me and my family," Grounsell said. 

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"My first goal has always been to clean up the city," he continued. "If I am not the chief then running for city council is another way for me to work towards accomplishing that goal."

If he decides to run, Grounsell said it would be for the Ward IV seat, which Dr. Julius Welborn III currently holds. Welborn's term ends this year.

Welborn was one of the five council members who voted to fire Grounsell. FOX Carolina spoke with Welborn on Dec. 29, the day after Grounsell was fired.

"This is a very upsetting situation," said Welborn. "I'm not happy with how this has turned out. I think he would have been a good police chief. I'm not very happy with my position on council. Maybe things could have resolved themselves in time."

There is no word yet when Grounsell will announce his decision to run or not.

The next Simpsonville City Council meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday Feb. 5.

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