Columbia's Former Police Chief Heads to Richland County


By Rochelle Dean


It's official, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott confirms to ABC Columbia News that former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott will be returning to his department, as Deputy Sheriff.

According to Sheriff Lott, Scott will assume his new role as Inspector making 40 thousand dollars a year. In the new position, Scott will work in the community and help further develop the Department's leadership training program.

A month ago, Then Chief Scott requested a leave of absence from the Columbia Police Department citing personal reasons. Three weeks later, he held an impromptu news conference announcing he would be stepping down as Chief to focus on family and to received counseling for a bout with PTSD.

Today's announcement was one some city officials, including Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia Police Interim Chief Ruben Santiago say they support.

"He loves working in the community, he loves working with people. Anyone who knows Chief Scott will know that he's going to be successful at whatever he does."

Scott will begin his new job in Richland County May 13th.

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