Ex-Columbia police chief returns to sheriff's dept

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Fresh off his resignation as Columbia's police chief, Randy Scott has taken another law enforcement job.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday that Scott would join his force as an inspector and work on the department's training program.

Scott's new job was announced the day his resignation from the Columbia Police Department went into effect. During an emotional news conference last week, Scott said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from watching a fellow officer die in 2005.

Scott had been on leave for several weeks and promised to return to law enforcement. His departure came amid a lawsuit by a former officer who said she was wrongly fired after a bungled search for a missing lobbyist.

Scott worked for Lott before becoming a Columbia officer.

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