In letter, Randy Scott alludes to personal "task" he must complete before return

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We're getting our first look at a letter Chief Randy Scott wrote to city officials to ask for his indefinite leave of absence.

The four sentence letter is short on details, but direct in its purpose.

Dear Senior Assistant Administrator Allison Baker:

I am respectfully requesting a personal leave of absence. I am requesting this for an undetermined amount of time. I have some personal issues to take care of. I will return immediately once I have addressed some task (sic) I have to complete.

The letter was sent to city officials on Monday, just one day before Scott's absence was made public.

When he was hired in October of 2010 as interim police chief,  Scott was given three weeks of leave and three weeks of sick time to be used during his service.  WIS has learned that like most department heads in the City of Columbia,  Scott is not officially under contract.

City officials tell WIS that there is not an internal affairs investigation of Scott and he is not under disciplinary action.

Deputy Chief of Operations Ruben Santiago has taken over leadership of the department in Scott's absence.

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