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Richland Co. Recreation Commission Board accepts Brown’s retirement decision

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A Richland County judge set the bond for Executive Director James Brown, III at $20,000. (Source: WISTV) A Richland County judge set the bond for Executive Director James Brown, III at $20,000. (Source: WISTV)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

During its meeting Monday evening, the Richland County Recreation Commission decided to unanimously accept James Brown III’s retirement decision.

The decision for Brown comes just days after the former RCRC Executive Director was indicted by a grand jury on one count of Misconduct of Office.

According to the indictment, Brown used his position as the Executive Director of the Richland County Recreation Commission to persuade and attempt to persuade female employees to have sexual contact with him. A grievance has also been filed against Brown for racial discrimination. Babb and his clients believe the board turned a blind eye to this behavior allegedly committed by Brown. 

"I think at the heart of it," Babb said, "there are certain board members that are on this board and have supported Mr. Brown even when such support has been unwarranted."

Babb and others have joined state lawmakers in asking those supporting members of the RCRC board to step down or have Gov. Nikki Haley use her power to remove them from office. 

Senator Joel Lourie gave WIS the following statement Monday:

"Mr Brown's retirement is only the first step in turning the commission around. Next up, the five board members that have been enabling and protecting him need to resign or be removed by Governor Haley. For too long, they have turned a deaf ear to the horror stories of the employees who have called out for help."

Last week, Gov. Haley said she planned to look more into the situation with RCRC sometime this week.

Brown has been on a paid leave of absence from the Recreation Commission since July. After being indicted, Brown was granted bond on Saturday and was released. 

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