Norway Mayor Jim Preacher Can't Serve as Chief Constable

1:20 PM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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 PDF Document: AG Opinion on Mayor of the town of Norway

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - An opinion from the South Carolina Attorney General to SLED concludes Norway Mayor Jim Preacher is not permitted to serve as Mayor and Chief Constable.

On January 18 of this year, Preacher pulled over a state trooper and said he was acting as the Chief Constable of the Town of Norway. Preacher had been pulled over moments earlier by the same officer and ticketed for suspicion of speeding.

In a letter to SLED Chief Mark Keel, the AG's office write, "[Serving] concurrently as Mayor and 'Chief Constable' of the Town of Norway is prohibited." In the opinion, the office says state law, backed by precedent, prevents a "master-servant" conflict of interest--essentially, that someone cannot both be an employee and his or her own boss.

An email exchange between SLED and the Criminal Justice Academy showed Preacher had not applied for or been approved for constable status since February 2011.

Preacher requested a jury trial for charges incurred during the traffic incident in Orangeburg County.

 

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