In a press release, Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly confirms that one of his employees has been place on administrative leave while SLED investigates purchases.
“I received a complaint from an individual alleging that my office was purchasing supplies/materials from a business in which the Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant John Long is part owner” – states Sheriff Kelly. “I have verified that the Greenwood Sheriff’s Office has made purchases from this business. To determine if any laws have been violated by anyone associated with these purchases, I have requested the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigate the incident. In the meantime, I have placed Lieutenant John Long on administrative leave until SLED completes its investigation. Lieutenant John Long has done a very good job for the Sheriff’s Office while I have been in office. Since SLED has agreed to investigate, it would be inappropriate for me to make further comments.”