Columbia rehires Randy Scott after retirement from police department

Police Chief Randy Scott
Police Chief Randy Scott

The City of Columbia has announced that Randy Scott has been hired to fill the police chief vacancy he created by retiring at the end of the year.

Scott retired on December 31, 2012. His first day back on the job will be Wednesday.

City officials said Scott's salary will be $112,200, which is the same amount that he was paid prior to his retirement.

The city says two people, including Scott, applied for the open position. Both applicants went through an interview process.

In December, Scott said the decision to retire 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," said Scott in December. "It is my continued desire to serve the great residents and employees of the City of Columbia Police Department."

In 2012, Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins also retired and was reinstated.

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

Citizens may contact Chief Randy Scott at the Columbia Police Headquarters on tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 when he reports for duty.  The Office of the Chief can be reached by calling 545-3500.

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