Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The title "Chief" is now officially back in front of Randy Scott's name.
On Wednesday, Chief Scott went back to work at the Columbia Police Department. He had retired in December because of changes to the state police retirement system. The change in legislation would have meant he'd collect less money than expected during retirement. (To see original story, click here.)
Scott says his decision to temporarily retire was made for his career and family.
"Two or three years ago retirement was nowhere on my radar," explained Scott, "but when we found out about the unfortunate legislative change... I had to do it. And was I in fear of not being rehired? Absolutely. There are a lot of great candidates out there, a lot of great men and women that could be a police chief here in Columbia, but I have worked very hard. I can tell you that we as a department have serviced the citizens. So I was just hoping that my work over the two-and-a-half years sold itself."
Chief Scott had to be rehired by the city manager and was required to be off the job for fifteen days.
"I'm feeling great! I'm excited to be back. It was a trying time being retired. Being out for 15 days... it's the longest time in my law enforcement career that I've been off. But you just miss it so bad. Law enforcement is in my blood and I wanted to get back to my family at The City."
City of Columbia officials say one other person applied for the job.