WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Administrator Phil Hinely faced disciplinary action Wednesday night during a specially called meeting of Fairfield County Council. After a two-hour executive session, council voted to place Hinely on probation for six months and to give him a five percent pay deduction during the probationary period. These actions were in response to recent allegations that Hinely used county computers to view pornography in 2010. During the course of his six-month suspension, Hinely will be required to make a public apology for those actions.
County Council Chairman David Ferguson and Vice-chair Dwayne Perry and the county information technology director will review Hinely’s probation at the end of six months. Council also moved to make all county employees, contract or otherwise, subject to the code of conduct in the county employee handbook. For more on this story, see the Friday edition of The Herald Independent.