Lawmakers: Brown's retirement first step in cleaning up RCRC - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Lawmakers: Brown's retirement first step in cleaning up RCRC

James Brown III attending his bond hearing in October 2016 (Source: WIS) James Brown III attending his bond hearing in October 2016 (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The sudden retirement of Richland County Recreation Commission director James Brown, III, is just the first step in cleaning up the agency, according to state lawmakers.

The embattled commission formally accepted Brown’s retirement request on Monday night. The request was submitted shortly after Brown was indicted for misconduct in office and a separate criminal charge of intimidating a witness.

Brown and other agency leadership have been under fire for months on issues ranging from Brown’s pay, allegations of sexual harassment to nepotism involving Brown’s family.

Most of the 17-member legislative delegation has called on Gov. Nikki Haley to remove five members of the Richland County Recreation Commission board.

“We submitted that 33-page document,” said Rep. James Smith, “which is completely in support for our position and it reflects the rightful outrage of the citizens of Richland County for the conduct of that agency for the past many many months now.”

The agency’s Human Resource Officer tells WIS News that Brown’s retirement makes him eligible for a number of benefits including health insurance, unused annual leave, and annual payments of about $55,000.

Brown served 34 years with the Recreation Commission. 

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