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Remaining Richland Co. Rec. Commission members due at hearing Wednesday

The Richland County Recreation Commission is holding a hearing Monday night. (Source: WIS) The Richland County Recreation Commission is holding a hearing Monday night. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The remaining members of the Richland County Recreation Commission have been invited to attend a hearing Wednesday morning, where Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to talk with them.

But the question is, will they show up?

The remaining members face charges of negligence on the job. On Wednesday, Haley is giving them a chance to make their case during a hearing. If the board members do not show up, there's a chance Haley could remove them from their jobs.

As of Tuesday, three members of the commission have resigned.

This all comes after charges of nepotism, sexual harassment and excessive spending were filed against the former RCRC Executive Director, James Brown III.

Members of the board are accused of failing to properly investigate claims of harassment and nepotism against Brown. Haley has told remaining members of the board she thought they needed to remove themselves from the commission but she would be willing to hear their appeals.

An attorney close to the case says he believes after all of this is said and done, it will be a chance for the commission to move forward.

"They will appoint good people there to pull this agency out of the mire, and to bring it back on the tracks so the engines beam will show a brighter day. The people from the little league baseball players to the old folks that go there for exercise at these parks and things throughout Richland County will once again be able to enjoy their Recreation Commission,” says Attorney J. Lewis Cromer.

There's no word yet on whether J. Marie Green, Barbara Mickens, Thomas Clark or Joseph Week -- four of the initial seven board members -- will show up to the  hearing. It’s not mandatory but, if they don’t show up, they will automatically be removed from the board on Thursday, Dec. 1.

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