Saluda County, SC (WLTX) - Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth has resigned his position, the same day it was announced he was indicted on a charge of misconduct in office.
A state grand jury handed down the indictment against Booth for offenses committed between January 1, 2006 and October 28, 2011.
The indictment states Booth used an inmate on loan to the county from the South Carolina Corrections Department to do work at his house. The indictment says the inmate did building and construction around the property.
Booth sent a letter to Governor Nikki Haley Thursday morning saying he was resigning effective immediately.
In his note, Booth did not give a reason for why left office. He suggests that his Chief Deputy, W.R. Freeman, serve as interim sheriff until the new sheriff is sworn in next January.
"It's an unfortunate situation, and we plan to announce an interim sheriff tomorrow," said Haley Spokesman Rob Godfrey.
Booth did not seek reelection this year. John Perry, a Democrat, and Pat Griffith, a Republican, will face each other for the seat in November. Both won contested primaries this week.
Booth had been sheriff since 2001, and at the time, was one of the youngest sheriffs in the state. His father, George Booth, served as Saluda County Sheriff in the early 1980s.