NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – One state lawmaker says the neighborhood deserves solutions behind the choice to fireplace of a Chief Deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Some activists say they consider deputies are disciplined with a double normal inside the company.
State Representative Marvin Pendarvis says he plans to ship a letter to Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano asking for solutions and transparency behind the choice to fireplace Chief Deputy Joyce Smith.
“It’s insane, it makes no sense,” says Pastor Thomas Dixon. “It’s just time to be straight up about it, about the situation.”
Chief Deputy Smith was fired on April 1st for knowingly failing to pay excellent pupil mortgage debt. The failure to pay the debt broke state regulation and a sheriff’s workplace coverage. Activists consider the neighborhood is owed a deeper clarification behind the choice.
“The silence from the sheriff’s office is unacceptable,” says Pastor Dixon. “She should have came out and said well okay, here’s my reasoning.”
The termination has raised questions for neighborhood members, amongst these being raised; is worker self-discipline inside the sheriff’s workplace dealt with as a double normal?
“Has she dug this deep into all of her, all of those that are under her and if not, why not,” requested Pastor Dixon.
Activists together with Pastor Dixon and Jonathan Thrower consider there’s a double normal. The pair referenced a former deputy with the company, Ryan Miller, who was initially fired however then allowed to resign after being accused of sexual harassment by a number of girls.
“Many who have committed crimes, she’s gone out of her way to make sure that she can allow them to avoid firing,” says Thrower.
Dixon and Thrower say whereas breaking the regulation and an settlement to pay the debt with Sheriff Graziano, they consider Smith shouldn’t have been fired.
“And to fire them over student loans, that’s very questionable and that’s why albeit we don’t have the evidence, we’re wondering is there something more,” says Thrower.
Transparency and solutions, Representative Pendarvis is hopeful his letter to Sheriff Graziano will deliver these points to the floor. Regardless, activists say change is required.
Apparently we’re not doing as neighborhood leaders, we’re not doing the whole lot that we needs to be doing to carry this administration accountable,” says Pastor Dixon. “That’s about to change.”
The Sheriff’s Office advised News 2 they don’t touch upon personnel issues. There’s no clear timeframe for when Representative Pendarvis plans to ship his letter to Sheriff Graziano.