Pickens police chief placed on leave

PICKENS — According to city of Pickens officials, police chief Tommy Ellenburg has been suspended without pay for making “racially insensitive and derogatory remarks.”
“Such conduct is not acceptable to the city and will not be tolerated,” read a release from Pickens officials Thursday afternoon.
Ellenburg was given a “final warning” and placed on an unpaid 15-day suspension.
“Chief Ellenburg understands the seriousness of his actions and has apologized,” the release said.
Assistant Police Chief Rodney Gregory will be in charge of the department during Ellenburg’s absence.