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.