Richland Co. Rec. Commission Board Member Resigns
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– Days before a scheduled public hearing, a member of the Richland County Recreation Commission’s Board is submitting his resignation.
Wilbert Lewis, a board member since 2007 notified the governor’s office of his resignation Tuesday.
State Senator Joel Lourie was among those calling on members to step down in the wake of allegations of corruption and nepotism.
Lourie released a statement following Smith’s resignation.
It reads in part, “Although I believe he is one of the few on this board who have acted in the best interest of the agency and the employees, I respect his decision to allow the Commission to move forward with a new board in a new direction. His departure should be viewed as a sacrifice by a respected public servant who is putting the greater good ahead of his personal ambition.”
Last week Governor Nikki Haley announced a public hearing scheduled for November 30th to address the accusations against the board.
On November 10th, Governor Haley issued an executive order charging the board of the Richland County Recreation Commission with neglect of duty in investigating claims of sexual harassment and nepotism against former director James Brown III.