Interim Chief Sworn In

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – There are new questions about the training lapses in the former interim chief as the new interim chief is officially sworn in.

Randy Scott was sworn in as the Interim Columbia Police Chief Tuesday morning. Scott, a former Richland County Deputy Chief, is now officially taking the reigns of the Columbia Police Department.

This news comes after some information is revealed that Carl Burke, the previous interim chief, has gone three years without being qualified to carry a gun because he did not take a required annual weapons test.  Burke announced his retirement last week.

Scott and Assistant City Manager Mike King say the top priority for now is making sure the department’s nearly 400 police officers are certified.  Burke has been stripped of his gun, his police uniform, and his police car.  He retires from the department in two weeks.

King and Scott did not have a timeline on when they will be finished checking officer certifications.