Lt. Jason Rampey announced his retirement from the Greenville Police Department on Friday, Jan. 10 in a letter to Interim Chief Howie Thompson.
“After 24 and a half years of service, he announced his retirement effective Friday,” said Lt. Alia Paramore, a spokesperson for the department.
Rampey’s retirement comes after he and former Police Chief Ken Miller were placed on paid administrative leave in December. Both were cited in a Dec. 17 memorandum from 1st Circuit Solicitor David M. Pascoe for “very troubling behavior” over their handling of the arrest of a prominent businessman whose charges were later dismissed.
The memorandum noted that both Miller and Rampey showed “questionable judgement” in seeking a “Good Behavior Dismissal” for the businessman, despite protests from the arresting officer, who claimed Rampey told him the dismissal had to happen because of “political reasons.”
Miller resigned from his role as police chief on Dec. 31.
During his more than two decades with the department, Rampey worked in multiple special units and teams, including public information, officer recruitment, support, criminal Investigations and dignitary Protection.