Lancaster City Council votes to fire police chief Scott Grant for ‘loss of confidence’

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 7:10 AM EDT
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Lancaster City Council voted to fire police chief Scott Grant Tuesday night, effective immediately. The reasoning remains unclear.

City council members discussed firing Grant nearly two weeks after he was placed on administrative leave. The council voted four to two to terminate Grant. The reason given, per City Administrator Steven “Flip” Hutfles on Thursday, was loss of confidence.

Lancaster council members were in executive session for almost three hours Tuesday, making it the seventh executive discussion to discuss the police department since February.

Grant has been chief since 2017 and worked at the Lancaster Police Department for 22 years.

During an executive meeting last month, members voted to discuss the police chief’s performance then went into executive session. People voiced their concerns over the chief’s hiring decisions.

On the other side, people who wanted to keep the chief advocated for all the good he’s done for the community.

WBTV previously reached out to City Administrator Hutfles to find out any information on what action was taken in April. Hutfles didn’t immediately respond but provided a statement.

“Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has been placed on paid administrative leave until further notice. Under the Police Department operating chain of command Patrol Captain Phillip Hall is the officer-in-charge. As is standard procedure for the City of Lancaster in such employee matters the City will not be releasing any additional details at this time,” Hutfles said.

A petition fighting for the chief was started.

Lancaster’s administer’s office released this statement:

“Last night the Council “moved based on Council’s loss of confidence in Chief Grant to serve as the Police Chief of the City of Lancaster that we direct our Administrator to terminate the services of Chief Grant effective immediately.’ Under the City’s operational chain of command Captain Hall is the officer-in-charge. Captain Hall is not the interim Chief.

“Council will start discussing filling the position of Police Chief in the near future.

“The Human Resources Director has already began the Exit process for Chief Grant.”

We’re reaching out and working to receive more information.

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