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Possible wrongdoing by Greenwood County jail staff has led to a state investigation and having multiple employees on paid leave, according to officials.

An internal investigation into possible policy violations by Greenwood County Detention Center staff started May 30, said Maj. Lonnie Smith, jail administrator. He couldn’t identify who was on leave, or how many employees there were besides saying that “some employees” were on leave.

On Monday, Sheriff Dennis Kelly requested the State Law Enforcement investigate the situation, and SLED Special Agent Thom Berry said the agency began its work Thursday.

Smith, who took over managing the jail at the start of 2019 following the retirement of Capt. Kenneth Downing, said he couldn’t share any additional information about the investigation. Smith also served as jail administrator from 2011-13.

Kelly did not return two calls made to him Thursday. He wasn’t available at the sheriff’s office when a reporter asked to speak with him.

Late Thursday the Index-Journal made a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act for information regarding the personnel on leave.