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Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore's first day on the job

Chief Crystal Moore wore her police badge on Monday, the first time in nearly three months. | Source: WMBF News Chief Crystal Moore wore her police badge on Monday, the first time in nearly three months. | Source: WMBF News

LATTA, SC (WMBF) - Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore returned to work on Monday, after nearly three months of being terminated and a storm of controversy.

Crystal Moore took back her chief position today. She was fired by the mayor of Latta, three months ago. He said it was for refusing to sign off on disciplinary action, but she says it is because she is gay.

"It was kind of like kids getting ready to get up for Christmas. I was anxious ready excited," Police Chief Crystal Moore said.

It appears the people of Latta are excited to have her back, too.

"Thank you glad to be back I appreciate it y'all," Moore said to her supporters as she drove down the road.

WMBF News cameras rode around the streets of Latta with Chief Moore; people honked their horns and yelled out in approval at Moore's return.

"Everything went smooth this morning, I hope it continues. We're just ready to go forward," Moore said.

Moore said Monday morning she spent time catching up on anything she may have missed over the past couple of months.

Moore is looking to hire two new police officers.

This duty is new to her because in the past Latta's mayor was the only person allowed to hire and fire, but a referendum past last Tuesday changed all of that. Now, the town council members' votes matter. 

Moore said she recently learned she would be get back pay for the months that she was without a job.

When Moore was fired back in April she filed for unemployment, but the town mayor denied it.

Moore appealed the decision and she just learned, she was approved and will receive back pay for the three months she was off the job.

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