Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Randy Scott will be working as a deputy sheriff at the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott — who announced his resignation just eight days ago — is returning to the Richland County Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff. During a tearful resignation speech last week, Scott said he has been going through counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder. Scott starts at the Richland County Sheriff's Department on May 13, with the title of "inspector," Sheriff Leon Lott said. He will be paid $40,000 per year. Lott says that's just above the $35,000 starting salary for a person with no experience. Before Scott was hired as Columbia Police Chief, he worked at the Richland County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. His new position will involve working with the community and helping further …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Chief Scott spoke at a 3 p.m. press conference.
Update, 3:49 p.m.: Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott will resign May 1. Scott spoke publicly Monday for the first time since he took an indefinite personal leave of absence three weeks ago. Scott - who spoke through tears during part of his statement - said he has been going through counseling for stress-related issues and doesn't want his personal struggles to take away from the police department's work. "I can tell you that over a month ago, I began to realize that things were eating at me," he said. He shared about losing a young deputy who he hired when he was at the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Keith Cannon died in 2005 in a wreck while on duty. Scott, who was with Cannon just a few hours before the wreck, said he…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Chief Randy Scott is on leave indefinitely, according to reports.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is taking an indefinite leave of absence, acording to reports. Scott requested leave for personal reasons, according to a report from WIS. No other explanation was given for the decision. Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago has been named acting chief, according to The State. Santiago just graduated from the FBI National Academy. Scott makes $112,000 per year, according to The State. He worked for the Richland County Sheriff's Department before becoming chief at the Columbia Police Department.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Chief Randy Scott said he was forced retire at the end of the year.
After two years of service, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott will retire, citing changes in the retirment benefits as the reason, WLTX reports. The changes in the State's Police Retirement System "forced" Scott to retire, he told WLTX. Read the full story HERE.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Randy Scott was chosen for the Strom Thurmond award.
Columbia Police chief Randy Scott was one of four law enforcement officials to get the Strom Thurmond award for 2012, a US Attorney's Office press release stated. Four officers are chosen: one at the city level, one at county level, one at state and one federal. United States Attorney Bill Nettles said, "It is indeed an honor to recognize these four outstanding officers. Each of these officers exemplifies the best in law enforcement, serving their agencies, this state and our nation with distinction, integrity, and character, making tremendous personal sacrifices to ensure just enforcement."
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tom Sponseller's suicide note shows his feelings on federal investigation
The suicide note left by South Carolina lobbyist Tom Sponseller revealed his embarassment over a federal investigation into the business he led and his disappointment in himself. The note, initially discovered by Sponseller's co-workers and obtained by WIS, seemed to explain why Sponseller may have killed himself. "It is quite disappointing that all the work our members and staff put into building one of the best associations in the state has been jeopardized," Sponseller's note said, referring to a federal investigation into missing money at the S.C. Hospitality Assocation. Sponseller said he "failed to make sure everything was right," with the missing money until police had already discovered it. See all of Patch's coverage of Tom …