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home : news : lakelands May 22, 2015

11/12/2013 1:15:00 PM
Ninety Six terminates Police Chief
Brian King
Staff Writer



Officials with the Town of Ninety Six said they wanted to “go in a different direction,” which led to the termination of Police Chief Robert Shingler.

“Council met last night and made the decision to go in a different direction,” said Mary Ann Goodman, the town clerk and treasurer for Ninety Six. “The Mayor informed Chief Shingler (Tuesday) morning that his services were no longer needed.”

Goodman said that there was no specific reason for Shingler’s termination and that council had not discussed replacing the police chief. Goodman said that Capt. Chris Porter would be in command of the police department, though she noted he would not be the acting chief of police.

Shingler said he had no hard feelings about the termination.

“I knew what I was getting into when I took the job in Ninety Six with the small town politics,” Shingler said in an interview. “I don’t agree with their decision, but I support it. I feel like I have given the town and its citizens excellent service during my time in Ninety Six.

Shingler served as Chief of Police in Ninety Six for nearly six years.

The Town of Ninety Six has terminated Chief of Police Robert Shingler, effective immediately.

Shingler confirmed in a phone interview that he was terminated Tuesday morning. Shingler said he was notified by Ninety Six Mayor Arvest Turner.

Town officials were not immediately available for comment. GwdToday will continue following the story and release new details as they become available.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: anthony ritter


Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Leah Fields

Does the phrase "government cover up" sound familiar? How can a police officer use an official vehicle to give a council woman's sister a ride across the country? Did she go to jail? No! Did 96 have jurisdiction up north? No! Then what reason would a 96 officer take a government vehicle out of South Carolina to give a council woman's sister a ride home? Uhh... Channel 4 Channel 7 or maybe higher, should look into this little town and turn it upside down!

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: David Daugherty

I for one would LOVE to know the politics behind a police officer being sent on PERSONAL business to pick up a council members sister all the way up north, using an unmarked police vehicle! Talk about mis use of government funds!! This is not even funny! Gomer, Goober, Floyd, and Barney, all need to be investigated!

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: To: Sunny Anderson

I guess it is safe to say You are related to Amy Hilley? Just a wild guess, an extended relative (maybe 2nd or 3rd removed) or an in law of hers.
Warm Regards, Sherry Q.

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: Jan Bufford Hindsley

I am the granddaughter of Marvin Bufford. He believed in God and family. He supported his family by his love, faith, and his work ethics ( if there is job to be done than let's pull together and get that job done). My Uncle and Aunt worked hard and my Grandparents were there to support them-as families should do. He was beloved and cherished, and therefore richer than anyone I know today. If you do not like the policies of your town's politics, then get yourself to the voting booths next time, but please refrain your ignorance regarding what my Grandparents went through!

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