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Grounsell resigns from Laurens Police Chief post

Laurens, South Carolina- Laurens Chief of Police Keith Grounsell has notified the city that he is resigning from the post.

Mayor Nathan Senn confirmed that Laurens Police Chief Keith Grounsell, left, has notified the city he is resigning from his post.

 

When contacted Thursday evening, Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn confirmed that the city had received the resignation.

“He let us know he intends to resign,” Senn said of Grounsell.

Grounsell was hired  by the City of Laurens in late July, 2022 after previous chief, Chrissie Latimore, was appointed U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina by President Joe Biden.

The resignation has been accepted and Senn has appointed Capt. Heath Copeland to serve as Acting Chief of Police.

During his time with the city, Senn said, Grounsell accomplished important things the city had requested.

“We got technology improvements that helped modernize the department and improved ways that our department approaches investigating crime and for the first time in years the department has been fully staffed,” Senn said. “Having achieved those things and looking at his own future, Chief Grounsell said he was interested in moving into the private sector.”

In a statement to The Advertiser Thursday night, Grounsell explained that the felt he had followed through with what the city had asked and released the following statement.

“I was hired to serve as a catalyst for change within the Laurens City Police Department, achieving in just under two years what was projected to take 3 to 5 years. I commend the dedication of the LPD team, and I’m confident that I’m departing the agency and community in excellent condition, fully staffed, with a waiting list of qualified officers, and crime down across the board, along with an array of community outreach programs in place,” Grounsell said. “I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the community for their trust and support in keeping you and your families safe. Your cooperation and partnership have been invaluable in our efforts to enhance public safety. Thank you for entrusting us with this responsibility. As I approach my 26th year in law enforcement and following a period of reflection during my recent honeymoon, I’ve decided it’s time to redirect my extensive experience to new opportunities in the private sector.”

5 Comments

  1. John q public on March 7, 2024 at 9:59 pm

    There has to be more to this story. They gave no future plans for Grounsell or reason for leaving the department.

    • Joe on March 12, 2024 at 7:34 pm

      Fitsnews. Police chiief resigns after fitness foil request

    • Joe on March 12, 2024 at 7:35 pm

      He resigned after fitnews sent foil request. There is always more to this guys story.

    • L Wilson on March 13, 2024 at 6:18 am

      @john a public : “I’ve decided it’s time to redirect my extensive experience to new opportunities in the private sector.”
      The very last sentence of the article. He states his reason for resigning and future plans are his domain.

  2. SteveH on March 14, 2024 at 9:53 pm

    Resign or be fired. He’s been there before.

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