Lott: "I did not create anything for him."


By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Randy Scott's new job as a Deputy Sheriff with Richland County, holding the rank of Inspector, is not a newly created position for him, says Lott. Instead, it was an open position that Scott filled.

"I did not create anything for him," says Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Lott took time Thursday morning to talk about his decision to rehire his former second-in-command-turned-police chief, who then resigned from his post.

"He didn't want to come back as a supervisor or any stressful situation. He wanted to come back, where he could put his priorities on his children and also his health. But, also have his law enforcement career still continue," says Lott

Scott, who revealed he has PTSD just a little more than a week ago, only recently found himself that he suffers from the disorder, says Lott.

"He didn't know he had PTSD until he went to the counselors and said what's wrong with me, why am I having these issues," says Lott

Yet, because of the short time between his announcement and his return to law enforcement some are questioning the move.

"There was no time period on it. I think he's, you know, he's taken a leave of absence, he's been dealing with it and I think it's getting to that point now where he is ready to come back," says Lott

Scott, who joined the Richland County Sheriff's Department for yesterday's officer memorial, will work with the community and help further the department's leadership program.

"His assignments are something that we've developed and built that around his strengths and his abilities," says Lott

And also around him, says Lott, is support from the department.

"I've seen too many cops get destroyed in their careers because they got abandoned. Because, they fell on hard times and there was nobody there to help them out, this department does not allow that," says Lott.

"Sheriff Lott says Randy Scott, who he says is still seeking counseling, approached him about a week ago about coming back.
He says it wasn't a decision that just came up yesterday. Scott, who will be paid a salary of $40,000, will start work with the Sheriff's Department on May 13, 2013.
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