COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin wants city council to look into the closing of the police department's drug laboratory.
Last week, Police Chief Skip Holbrook ordered the department's drug lab closed after an audit found a pattern of improper procedures. Drug lab analyst Brenda Frazier resigned as a result of the audit's findings.
Friday, Mayor Benjamin asked Public Safety Committee Chair Brian DeQuincey Newman to convene a special meeting of the committee to discuss the drug lab closure and gather as much information as possible.
Benjamin said since it was announced last week the lab was closed, "a number of questions remain in our minds and in the minds of out constituents about the circumstances which led to this situation and the action being taken to resolve it."
"Let's leave no stone unturned," the e-mail read.
The audit conducted on July 11 found several inconsistencies and questionable lab practices by Frazier.
Dr. Demetra Garvin with the Richland County Sheriff's Department said Frazier had "significant gaps in her previous training and experience and may not currently possess the knowledge necessary to competently perform drug analysis."
After the audit, Holbrook issued a directive to cease operation of the drug lab at the Columbia Police Department August 22nd. However, all chemical drug analysis in the lab was discontinued on July 21.