Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson Responds to Questions About Police Chief Randy Scott

6:18 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- News19 continues to ask questions about the Columbia's police chief's leave of absence. City leaders announced Tuesday that Chief Randy Scott was taking an indefinite amount of time off for personal reasons. 

During his time off, he will still collect his $112,000 a year salary. City Manager Teresa Wilson says Scott is using accumulated time off and will be paid during his leave.

Wilson issued a statement Wednesday evening saying she could not comment about the specifics of Scott's time off.

Below is the entire statement that Wilson emailed to reporters.

Statement from City Manager Teresa Wilson:

First, I want to restate that Chief Scott's request for a leave of absence was for personal reasons to address some personal issues that he would like to handle.  Due to the personal nature of his request, no further details can be provided.

The request was for an indefinite period of time, which has raised questions about the nature of the leave and whether it is paid or unpaid leave.  Chief Scott is currently utilizing accrued leave time. Employees on accrued leave receive pay and benefits. 

I would also like to clarify that at no point in time did I make a reference to any media outlet that any disciplinary action had been taken regarding Chief Scott.  I was asked a question about knowledge of any complaints or issues regarding Chief Scott prior to his request for a leave of absence.  The response to that question is yes.  As we would with any complaints or concerns regarding city employees, the issues were discussed with Chief Scott. 

Based on the nature of the personal leave of absence request and the nature of the personnel matters, we cannot disclose or discuss any further details.  We/I have provided all of the details and information that we can at this time.

Again, my primary focus is on the integrity of the Columbia Police Department and ensuring that the daily public safety operations will be handled effectively for our citizens.

Thank you.

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