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Latta town leaders vote to rehire police chief Crystal Moore

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Crystal Moore (right) just after being sworn in as police chief of Latta on Friday evening Crystal Moore (right) just after being sworn in as police chief of Latta on Friday evening
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LATTA, SC - Latta Town Council met Friday at a special meeting where they voted to rehire an employee its mayor fired.

The meeting was the first since Tuesday's special referendum where residents voted to change the way the town's government works, striping some powers from the mayor.

Council unanimously  voted (6-0) to rehire previously fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore

  Mayor Earl Bullard, who originally fired Moore, was not at the town council meeting on Friday evening. After she was re-hired, Moore was sworn in around 7:30 pm.

"Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I will see y'all on the streets,"  Moore told the town council and some residents at the meeting after she was sworn in.

Also rehired on Friday evening was Water Department employee Billy Kersey, who had been previously fired.

The town residents voted Tuesday to give the town council more power in the wake of Bullard's firing of Moore in mid-April.

The vote from Tuesday was certified on Friday afternoon and now, hiring and firing of key positions are done by the council and not by the mayor.

Earlier this week, Bullard hired a replacement police chief, Freddie Davis. However, on Friday evening, before re-hiring Moore, the town council voted that Davis' contract was not valid and asked him to step down as police chief.

The town council also voted 6-0 to expunge 7 reprimands from Moore's record. Those reprimands, which were all delivered to Moore on her firing day by Bullard, were the reason Bullard gave for firing her.




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