Former CPD Chief Randy Scott hired at Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Published: May. 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Only eight days after he tearfully resigned as chief of the Columbia Police Department citing a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, Randy Scott has resurfaced in a position at the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Scott will be known as an "Inspector" with the Sheriff's Department, and he will be paid around $40,000 a year. According to officials, that job will be equivalent to a regular deputy who answers to a captain.

This will be Scott's second time with the Sheriff's Department. He previously spent 15 years there before being hired as CPD's chief.

Sheriff Leon Lott says hiring Scott again gives the sheriff the opportunity to take advantage of Scott's experience at the Police Department.

"He's got a lot to give here," said Lott. "We're going to have him as a community liaison. He's great with the community, he's going to community meetings -- he'll be doing a lot of that. He's also going to help us develop our leadership training. I think he'll be able to take it to a different level." 

One day after Scott's resignation, Lott said there would always be a place for his former second-in-command.

"There will always be a home for him at the Richland County Sheriff's Department," said Lott in a previous interview. "If that's what he decides he wants to do, we'll have a home for him, we'll have a position for him."

Scott, 44, revealed his PTSD diagnosis came from a 2005 crash that killed deputy Byron "Keith" Cannon, a man he hired and knew very well. That, coupled with some of the stresses of being in charge of the department, led Scott to the decision to resign.

"So, they call it PTSD," said Scott. "You can call it stress, but I have to call it what it is and it was something that was tearing me apart for a very long time."

Scott said he planed to return to law enforcement, but did not initially say when he would return.

"I'm a law enforcement officer and I will be back in law enforcement," said Scott. "I finally have to take this time for me so that I can be the person that I am personally."

Scott's resignation from CPD was effective May 1.

"Great man," said one resident. "Good man. Glad he came back. Everybody has things they go through in life and I think he gathered himself and he's strong now and he's ready to come back to work."

"Everybody needs a job," said another. "So if they have some place else for him to go then by all means I say re-hire him."

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