Sandi Owens, an administrative assistant at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, has been terminated according to a press release from Sheriff Tony Davis.
Owens was named by multiple high ranking sources at GCSO as having misused taxpayer funds in her position at GCSO. Those sources confirmed last week that Owens had been suspended and Davis confirmed that an internal investigation would be taking place, as first reported on Sunday.
Davis said in an interview that the investigation may be turned over to SLED, depending upon the findings. Davis said in Tuesday’s press release that SLED would be investigating the incident and that any further questions would have to be directed to them.
Owens was suspended last week after sources say she met with county officials, including at least one member of county council, according to sources. Multiple sources also indicated that Owens was the subject of a lengthy executive session to discuss an employment matter at the end of last Tuesday’s administration and finance committee meeting. Both Toby Chappell, county manager, and Mark Allison, chairman of the county council, declined comment on the issue.
Owens began working at GCSO in January 2009 as an administrative assistant, according to the press release. The release also said that a preliminary audit is being conducted by an accounting firm out of Mauldin to look into “certain financial matters pertaining to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.”
Officials with SLED did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the investigation.