Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott tells News19 he is turning in his badge effective January 1st when he plans to retire. Chief Scott, who was chosen as Columbia's Police Chief in 2010, says because lawmakers have voted to change the State's Police Retirement System, he has no choice but to retire.
Randy Scott has more than twenty years of experience, and has held the position of Columbia Police Chief for the past two years. He says he was forced to retire because changes state lawmakers made to the retirement system. "It's a decision that they made, but it's a decision that has forced the hand of many public safety officers across the state of South Carolina," Scott said.
In an exclusive interview with News 19, Scott says the recently passed law kicks in on January 2nd. Scott says the new rules will cost him money he believes he deserves. He described the process with this scenario: "So let's say I was to make $50,000 a year in retirement and I was to retire. I would make that $50,000 a year. But should I decide to come back to work, I would only make $10,000 dollars of that $50,000 and your retirement would stop every year."
Scott told News19 he was frustrated with the entire situation, saying "I understand that they had to do something to save the retirement system. But as a 44-year-old man. I'm really sad that I am even sitting here talking about retirement."
Over the past two years Chief Scott has a list of accomplishments. He's reduced overtime by 72%, increased staffing numbers across the city, established the PACE team, Drug suppression team, and Youth Services division. Scott has also upgraded the departments technology capabilities.
While Scott is retiring, it's not permanent. Scott says he will seek his position back after 15 days. "If the City will have me, reapply for the Chief of Police and essentially continue with the positive work that we're doing," Scott told News19's Nate Stewart during the interview.
Scott insists the decision is not money driven, but one he's had to make for his career and family.
The recently enacted retirement reform legislation, will also affect actively employed members of the South Carolina Retirement System, the General Assembly Retirement System, and the Judges and Solicitors Retirement System.
When asked if he thinks he will be given his job back, Scott responded, "there are no guarantees."