Second RCRC commissioner steps down following executive order

Second RCRC commissioner steps down following executive order

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Another member of the Richland County Recreation Commission has resigned.

Weston Furgess, Jr., who served as secretary for the Richland County Recreation Commission, has stepped down. Furgess once served as the vice chairman as well as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. Furgess submitted his resignation on Friday leaving six commissioners remaining on the board.

Furgess was one of several members ordered to appear at a special hearing on November 30. In an executive order, Gov. Haley has called for all commissioners to testify or be removed. 

"We're certainly glad that the governor has taken action," attorney Jay Babb said.

The order charges that members were duly negligent and failed to properly investigate claims of harassment, intimidation, and nepotism against former RCRC Executive Director James Brown, III.

"What we wanted to do was really look at the facts," said Gov. Haley.

Meanwhile, lawsuits against Brown and certain members of the board are also moving forward.

"I think, more importantly to us, is some of the ongoing questions that are still out there," said Babb, "such as the investigative report that's still out there."

That report first looked into allegations against Brown back in the spring. Even after five board members still voted to support Brown, its contents have yet to be released. Even requests from Gov. Haley to see the report have been denied.

At the end of the day, we want Richland County Recreation Commission to succeed," Babb said. "If change is what's needed, and if change is what the governor feels is needed, then certainly, I'm glad to have it, however it may be."

Last week, Wilbert Lewis stepped down from his position with RCRC as well. Lewis was one of two RCRC commissioners who the Richland County delegation did not request to be removed.

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