Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier has resigned his position.
County officials confirmed Frazier's departure Friday morning. He'd served on the council for eight years.
"As you are aware, I recently built and moved my family to a new home located just outside the limits of the Town of Lexington and therefore I am now precluded by Statue from completing my term in office," Frazier explained in a letter to the town's mayor.
Frazier called serving on the council and "honor and privilege" and said he looks forward to serving the community in some other capacity.
Frazier became controversial in 2012 when rumors and reports surfaced that suggested Frazier might be involved in questionable business practices. Frazier, maintained he did nothing wrong. He released a statement News19 back then saying he made a serious error in judgment when talking to a friend. Frazier says he had a conversation with someone who was interested in getting a new business venture and that he bragged about having friends--public officials--who would help them out. In the note, he also apologized to the Lexington community.
In the wake of the news, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts suspended Frazier from his position as a part-time liaison with the sheriff's department. The City of West Columbia also let Frazier go from his position as a consultant with them.
In August of 2012, the Lexington Town Council voted 5-1 to ask Frazier to resign his post, but he refused.
A special election will take place April 8th to fill the vacant position.
Here is Frazier's full letter to the public that was released on January 10th:
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the Town of Lexington as a Member of Council for the past Eight years, and so it is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I must tender my resignation effective immediately. I am proud to leave behind a legacy of town expansion, economic development and true public service. As you are aware, I recently built and moved my family to a new home just outside the limits of the Town of Lexington and therefore I am now precluded by Statute from completing my term in office.
While I am saddened that I am no longer able to represent my constituents as a Council member, I do look forward to serving the citizens in some other capacity. The Town has many great developments under way, and I am not only proud to have contributed to this growth in some small way, but equally excited about the future of the Town of Lexington which I love so dearly.
It has truly been my pleasure to serve on the Lexington Town Council, alongside so many professionals and colleagues. I wish you and the other Council members the very best for the future.