LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - One month ago, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, asking for six pieces of public information connected to Metts' decision to hire Councilman Danny Frazier.
Metts hired Frazier earlier this year as a "business liaison", a new position no one's held there before. Metts suspended Frazier in the wake of a WIS investigation that detailed Frazier's role in an illegal video poker ring in Lexington County.
We asked for a copy of Frazier's employment contract, job description, work schedule, access card swipes, pay stubs, and time sheets he submitted to Metts' payroll.
Two weeks ago, Metts denied our request to look at and to copy the records. The reason, according to the Sheriff's Department, is that information is key to the State Law Enforcement Division's investigation into the Frazier video poker case.
We objected to the department's position, and asked the department to reconsider. In a second letter, Sheriff's Department spokesman Maj. John Allard wrote that Frazier's aces card records were not public, and everything else we asked for regarding the councilman would hurt SLED's investigation if the sheriff's department turned that over to us.
Metts has not responded to our requests for an interview concerning his department's denial of the records.
Danny Frazier still works for the Sheriff's Department, but according to a letter, he's still suspended without pay until the SLED investigation is finished.
Frazier also showed up to a Lexington Town Council meeting Tuesday night for the first time since the council asked him to resign two months ago.
We don't know how long it may take SLED to finish up its investigation.