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Dozens gather in Simpsonville to support ex-police chief

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Grounsell supporters gather outside of Simpsonville City Hall. (July 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) Grounsell supporters gather outside of Simpsonville City Hall. (July 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Residents gathered in support of former Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell at the city council meeting Tuesday to say he was wrongly fired nearly seven months ago.

The group said a state investigation into Grounsell's firing would show he was wrongly terminated and he should be reinstated as chief.

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. 

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.

Eichor said the city is moving forward. He said he has not heard that South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's investigation is wrapping up.

"We had good cause for what we did, and I'm not sure what a wrongful termination is, but our legal council said what we did is fine," Eichor said.

Grounsell said that's not the case.

"There has been a lot of things come forward since my wrongful termination," Grounsell said. "There has been some evidences come forward that proves that a lot of the things said about me, if not all of them, were lies."

In February, Eichor said that he sent a letter to SLED Director Mark Keel, asking his agency to investigate a misuse of power by Grounsell and Ward III Councilwoman Geneva Lawrence.

There is no word yet when SLED's investigation will be finished.

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