Columbia Police Chief Taking Leave of Absence


By Rochelle Dean

Columbia, SC (WOLO)--Columbia's police chief is stepping down again.

City Manager Teresa Wilson says Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott has requested a personal leave of absence for an indefinite period of time.

Wilson tells ABC Columbia News, Chief Scott made the request Monday to his superior, the request was then reviewed and granted Tuesday. The Chief's paid leave is effective immediately.

Wilson says there is no time limit for the amount of time Chief Scott is allowed to take off, nor is it information he offered when entering the request.

According to Wilson, the only reason given for the time off was to handle "personal matters".

Wilson says Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago has been named acting chief during chief Scott`s absence.

This is not his first time taking leave...back in January, Scott retired temporarily to take advantage of a logistical loop hole in order to receive retirement benefits.

Wilson says since the Chief is in good standing with the City, she has no reason to believe he will not return and resume his position as Columbia's Top Cop.
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