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City announces interim police chief Monday as Scott plans to retire and return to job

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The city of Columbia plans to announce Monday who will serve as interim police chief as Randy Scott retires.

Scott announced Saturday that he will retire from the police department effective January 1, 2013, but, he says "I have every intention to reapply and return to my position as Chief of Police."

Scott says the decision was based on changes to the South Carolina Police Retirement System that limit financial earnings for all retirees beginning in January.

"I do not want to retire, but because of the recent changes made I am left with no other choice," says Scott. "It is my continued desire to serve the great residents and employees of the City of Columbia Police Department."

Earlier this year, Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins retired and was reinstated.

Legislative rules require Scott to take a minimum 15-day leave of absence from the police department and the SCPRS.

"This will be the longest 15 days of my life," said Scott. 

Here is the letter Chief Scott sent to members of the Columbia Police Department Saturday:

 

(Retirement)

December 29, 2012

 

To the hardworking men and women of the Columbia Police Department,

 

  It is with mixed emotions that I inform each of you that I will be retiring from the Columbia Police Department effective January 1, 2013.

   This decision is not my own. It is due to the legislative changes affecting the South Carolina Police Retirement System (SCPRS) that place limitations on financial earnings for all retirees beginning next month.

   As I have explained to City Manager Steve Gantt, The Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council Members at City Hall please know that I am totally dedicated to the City of Columbia and its citizens whom I have had the pleasure of serving my entire life. Understand that I do not want to retire, but because of the recent changes made I am left with no other choice. I have every intention to reapply and return to my position as Chief of Police.  It is my continued desire to serve the great residents and employees of the City of Columbia Police Department. 

 

   Together, we (CPD- Shoulder to shoulder) have made tremendous accomplishments in the past two years and the dedicated work has not gone unnoticed across the City, state, and country.  The community has regained trust in our officers and the department's competency. Additionally, CPD as a whole has improved, due to the efforts of you- the employees and great officers of this department. I am extremely proud of the positive changes everyone has made. That momentum cannot and will not end.

 

   As required by legislative rules, I must take a leave of absence from CPD and the SCPRS for a minimum of fifteen (15) days. This will be the longest 15 days of my life. 

 

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