Former CPD chief leaves job with sheriff's department

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 8:31 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former Columbia Police Department Chief Randy Scott has retired from his job with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

According to department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson, Scott retired from the sheriff's department because of medical issues.

Scott took the RCSD position in May 2013 shortly after stepping down as the city's police chief. He'd served as Columbia's interim chief before being named to the permanent job in January 2011.

During an emotional news conference in late April 2013, Scott said he was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and the pressures of leading the department. He said the PTSD condition stemmed from the 2005 death of Deputy Keith Cannon, whom Scott hired when he had previously worked with Richland County.

Prior to resigning as Columbia Police Chief, Scott took a leave of absence.

Sheriff Leon Lott says Scott decided to leave in the wake of a traffic accident several weeks ago that left him with knee and back injuries. Lt. Wilson added that Scott's retirement from the department had nothing to do with the accident.

Lott says the crash was "fully investigated" by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and his own department and the probe led to charges against another driver.

Scott was re-hired by Lott to serve as an inspector, a job paying $40,000 annually -- a fraction of his his six-figure salary as Columbia chief.

His tenure at CPD was marked by both praise and controversy, included heavy criticism for the department's handling of the February 2012 disappearance of restaurant lobbyist Tom Sponseller.

The bungled investigation prompted Scott to fire two high-level staffers. One of them, veteran Isa Greene, responded by suing the department for discrimination and sexual harassment.

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