Officers were suspended before their resignations

Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

City Administrator Ed Driggers said the Greer Police Department is working to fill vacancies created by the resignations of two officers a week ago.

Married couple Tasha and Frank Cone resigned three days after police were called to their home at Fawnbrook Drive to answer a domestic disturbance call. No arrests were made that night. A follow-up investigation by detectives on Saturday, March 31 led to their resignation on Monday, April 2. Tasha Crone was charged with criminal domestic violence the next day.

Driggers, meanwhile, said he suspended the officers pending further investigation. The Crones then resigned. “It happened pretty quickly after their suspension,” Driggers said.

Driggers noted that the Crones were married while on the Greer police force. “They were not married when we hired them. We do not hire spouses or family members. And if couples get married while a city employee, one spouse can not be a supervisor over another.” Driggers said.

Driggers said gas prices already have put the department over its budget. “Council, in its wisdom, did add some dollars to the budget for an increase in fuel,” Driggers said. “We are over budget.”

Prices in Greer were $3.59 for regular unleaded at selected stations today. The average price of a gallon on regular unleaded in Greenville County is $3.67. That’s two cents lower than a week ago but 19 cents higher than a month ago and 10 cents higher a gallon than a year ago.

In other city news:

• Greer City Park will be closed to the public Saturday April 21, noon until midnight, for a private event. It’s the second time the city has rented the entire park to a corporation for a private function. A wedding last year caused City Council to cancel a meeting.

• Greer’s Junior Leadership class of 2012 toured the city facilities today. They visited the municipal complex of police/fire/courts and city hall.

• Saturday is opening day for the Greer Parks & Recreation baseball teams at Century Park. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m.

• The city will receive its state award for its SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience program at the Municipal Association of South Carolina meetings June 28-July 1. Greer  partnered with cities of Duncan and Lyman to purchase a go-kart to simulate impaired driving. The city will get its own go-kart training tool this year.

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