Andrews mayor relieves police chief of his duties

Andrews mayor relieves police chief of his duties
Andrews Mayor Frank McCleary, right, says he relieved the town's police chief of his duties. (Source: Live 5)
Andrews Mayor Frank McCleary, right, says he relieved the town's police chief of his duties. (Source: Live 5)
The mayor has not yet named an acting or interim police chief. (Source: Live 5)
The mayor has not yet named an acting or interim police chief. (Source: Live 5)

ANDREWS, SC (WCSC) - The mayor of Andrews announced he had separated the town from the services of its police chief.

"He's no longer with the town of Andrews," Mayor Frank McClary said Wednesday morning.

McClary released a statement Friday in which he said he made the decision after a "thorough review" of a formal grievance levied against Chief Marc Whitfield.

Whitfield had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review on June 29, McClary said in the statement.

The mayor spoke to us on Wednesday about the chief's dismissal.

"Looking into the things that were brought to our attention, and again we found it to be against policy and there was no way but to relieve him from his duties," McClary said. "For the things we look at internally in the town, all these things again surrounding the policies, anything that deals with moral turpitude, that's what I handle."

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed Monday afternoon that his agency had been called in to investigate allegations involving the Andrews police chief. That investigation was underway, Berry said.

Neither the mayor nor SLED has released any specific details on the nature of the allegations that are under investigation.

"No, I can't. All these things are personal, personnel matters in nature so I can't speak on that," McClary said.

But town officials said via email late Tuesday that they did not request that SLED get involved in the investigation. Berry said the investigation was requested by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Whitfield joined the Andrews Police Department in January 2017 and was named Interim Chief in June of 2017, officials confirmed.

McClary said he had no plans to name an interim police chief.

"We're in good shape," McClary said. "Andrews is about two point two square miles and so I think were in pretty good shape to take care of the people."

He says Lt. Sallica Williams will serve as commanding officer.

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