Eldridge: Horry Fire Chief December suspension result of ‘lack of trust’

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Fred Crosby was suspended for a week, without pay, in December for inefficiency in performing management duties, violation of county policies and “caused unharmonious relationships with your supervisors and coworkers,” according to an Horry County disciplinary report.

The Sun News filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the county seeking the report, which is dated Dec. 15. Crosby, who has been chief since Nov 15, 2012, did not receive pay for the week. He makes $105,083.68 annually, according to the county.

Crosby refuted the report with the following statement in the employee’s comment section: “I respectfully disagree with the assumptions in this. I do believe I have failed to communicate adequately and will modify my actions.”

Crosby could not be reached at home Tuesday afternoon, and no one answered a call to the fire station. An email had not yet been returned Tuesday afternoon.