Crystal Moore: Fired or not fired? Lawyer says it’s not a question

LATTA, S.C. (WBTW) – According to a letter from Crystal Moore’s lawyer, M. Malissa Burnette, Moore still technically holds the position of Latta Police Chief.

The letter was addressed to Town Administrator Jarrett Taylor on Monday and claims that because council failed to vote in an open session on Sept. 8 to terminate Crystal Moore’s employment, she still holds the position of Chief of Police.

In the letter, Burnette cites a law that says public bodies cannot take any action in executive sessions except to adjourn or return to public session. The law says all decisions must be made by public vote, and each individual vote must be recorded in the meeting minutes.

According to Burnette, “The members of a public body may not even be polled or take an informal vote regarding a course of action while in executive session.”

In the letter, Burnette advised Moore not to return to work unannounced in order to ensure an orderly transition. Burnette also says the police chief is ready and able to return to work and expects full pay and benefits to continue with no deduction from her accrued annual or sick leave.

Moore had just returned to the police chief position following a five-day suspension at the end of August before she was terminated Sept. 8.

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