PICKENS — The police chief in Pickens has been suspended for 15 days for what city officials call “racially insensitive and derogatory remarks.”

City officials said Thursday that Chief Tommy Ellenburg was suspended without pay.

The statement says Ellenburg understands the seriousness of his actions and has apologized.

There was no telephone listing for Ellenburg.

Assistant police chief Rodney Gregory will run the department during Ellenburg’s suspension.