LATTA, S.C. — A lesbian South Carolina police chief has been rehired after the mayor of the town in which she works fired her.
WBTW reported the Latta Town Council on June 27 voted unanimously to rehire Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore. She was sworn into office after the vote.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication,” said Moore as WBTW reported. “I will see y’all on the streets.”
The Associated Press reported that Mayor Earl Bullard fired Moore in April after she refused to sign seven reprimands he had presented to her.
Latta residents last week approved a proposal that sought to reduce Bullard’s power in response to his decision to terminate Moore. WBTW reported the town council on June 27 also voted 6-0 to expunge the reprimands from Moore’s record that Bullard said prompted him to fire her.
The television station on its website posted a statement attributed to Bullard that reads he would “much rather have” someone “who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.”
Latta, which has about 1,400 residents, is located in Dillon County near the North Carolina border.