(OF) Crystal Moore, an openly gay police chief who is running for sheriff, has been suspended from her position in Latta, South Carolina — a town of less than 1,500 people — for five days.
Latta Town Administrator Jarett Taylor said he can’t give the exact reason for Moore’s suspension because it’s a personnel matter.
“But I can tell you, we don’t care what sexuality you are. If you can work, we’ll let you work,” Taylor said.
Taylor said Moore is welcome to release the reason for her suspension, but Moore has remained silent throughout the suspension.
This is the second time Moore has been removed from the post: Earl Bullard, the mayor of Latta, South Carolina, fired Moore in 2014. She was reinstated after an investigation proved she was wrongly terminated, according to SC Now.
In a phone conversation that was recorded at that time, Bullard called Moore’s lifestyle “questionable,” and said he’d rather have a drunk watch a child than a lesbian. But he insists the latest action is unrelated to her sexuality.
This time around, however, it was not Bullard that suspended the police chief, but a decision made buy the town’s council. And while the cause has not been disclosed, Town Administrator Jarett Taylor said “there was nothing random about it.”
Moore is running for the sheriff’s seat against incumbent sheriff Major Hulon and has collected more than 1,500 signatures required for her candidacy.
Assistant Police Chief Derrick Cartwright will act as police chief in the interim.