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Haley seeks further information in Richland County Rec. Commission case

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Gov. Nikki Haley is seeking further information before she makes a decision on what should be done with five Richland County Recreation Commission board members that lawmakers suggest should be removed.

In a letter to the commission, Haley said she wants to see a copy of the internal sexual harassment investigation against former Commission Executive Director James Brown, III, any complaints lobbed against Brown, a record of his $151,800 contract, and further examples of alleged nepotism at the commission.

Haley said she has been asked to help in this case because state law has created a "vacuum of accountability."

"Current law authorizes the Delegation to nominate Commissioners, but the Delegation does not have the authority to remove Commissioners," the letter said. "Accordingly, I have asked the Delegation to pass legislation that adds removal authority where appropriate to cure these types of instances moving forward at the local level."

Brown tendered his retirement before a Monday night board meeting. The request was submitted shortly after he was indicted for misconduct in office and a separate criminal charge of intimidating a witness.

Members of the Richland County Legislative Delegation have pushed for the removal of Marie Green, Barbara Mickens, Weston A. Furgess, Jr., George D. Martin, Jr., and Joseph B. Weeks.

Legislators say those five members could be dismissed by Haley under state law for "acts of malfeasance, incompetence, misconduct, and persistent neglect of duty." 

Haley wants the additional information by Oct. 28.

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