City Manager Releases Statement on Scott Leave of Absence

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By Crandall Sims

Columbia, SC (WOLO)-- In a statement released Wednesday night, Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson acknowledges the questions swirling around Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott's sudden leave of absense.

"Chief's Scott’s request for a leave of absence was for personal reasons to address some personal issues that he would like to handle. Due to the personal nature of his request, no further details can be provided," says Wilson.

Still, that hasn't stopped questions, specifically on the leave being a paid on to that Wilson says, "Chief Scott is currently utilizing accrued leave time. Employees on accrued leave receive pay and benefits."

But, with the chief's recent retirement in January -- to take advantage of a retirement benefit loophole, and only to be re-instated weeks later, ABC Columbia asked just how much time the chief had accrued, for that we sent in a Freedom of Information Act request. Tonight we are waiting on the answer.

Also in her statement Wilson addressed rumors of possible disciplinary action that reportedly could've been taken against the chief.

"I would also like to clarify that at no point in time did I make a reference to any media outlet that any disciplinary action had been taken regarding Chief Scott. I was asked a question about knowledge of any complaints or issues regarding Chief Scott prior to his request for a leave of absence. The response to that question is yes," says Wilson.

While on leave, officials say Chief Scott will continue to receive is $112,000 salary. Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago is currently the Acting Chief of the Columbia Police Department.

You can read Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson's full statement on Chief Scott's leave of absense below:

"First, I want to restate that Chief Scott’s request for a leave of absence was for personal reasons to address some personal issues that he would like to handle. Due to the personal nature of his request, no further details can be provided. The request was for an indefinite period of time, which has raised questions about the nature of the leave and whether it is paid or unpaid leave. Chief Scott is currently utilizing accrued leave time. Employees on accrued leave receive pay and benefits. I would also like to clarify that at no point in time did I make a reference to any media outlet that any disciplinary action had been taken regarding Chief Scott. I was asked a question about knowledge of any complaints or issues regarding Chief Scott prior to his request for a leave of absence. The response to that question is yes. As we would with any complaints or concerns regarding city employees, the issues were discussed with Chief Scott. Based on the nature of the personal leave of absence request and the nature of the personnel matters, we cannot disclose or discuss any further details. We/I have provided all of the details and information that we can at this time. Again, my primary focus is on the integrity of the Columbia Police Department and ensuring that the daily public safety operations will be handled effectively for our citizens."

Chief Scott made the request Tuesday.

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hootie said on Saturday, Apr 6 at 4:47 AM

The spin game...blab on and on without saying anything..democrat talk.

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