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Grounsell, Moore discuss future of Simpsonville PD

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A sign outside of the Simpsonville Police Dept. (File/FOX Carolina) A sign outside of the Simpsonville Police Dept. (File/FOX Carolina)
Keith Grounsell spoke about the future of the department at a press conference on Thursday. (Feb. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) Keith Grounsell spoke about the future of the department at a press conference on Thursday. (Feb. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Chief Grounsell and Deputy Chief Moore both spoke to press on Thursday. (Feb. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina) Chief Grounsell and Deputy Chief Moore both spoke to press on Thursday. (Feb. 27, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Less than two days after he was reinstated as Simpsonville's police chief, Keith Grounsell held a press conference.

Grounsell and Steve Moore, who was demoted to the newly created position of deputy chief, joined together Thursday to discuss the future of the Simpsonville Police Department.

In the press conference on Thursday afternoon, Grounsell said he believes he has full support of the Simpsonville City Council following the divided vote to reinstate him at Tuesday's meeting.

Grounsell also said in the press conference he plans to continue some programs that his "number two," Chief Deputy Moore, has implemented, which includes a community-oriented policing program.

Moore held the interim position as police chief in Simpsonville since Grounsell was fired in December 2012, sparking some citizens to fight to get him reinstated. Those efforts succeeded Tuesday when the council voted 4-3 to award Grounsell his back pay.

The two have known each other for years and worked together at the Mauldin Police Department, Grounsell said at the press conference.

Moore said he harbors no ill will over what happened within the department.

The city council also announced they will hold a Special Called Meeting on Saturday at 9 a.m. to discuss a city employee's compensation, though the agenda did not specify which employee.

Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for coverage from Thursday's press conference.

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