Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott has been hired by the Richland County Sheriff Department, just nine days after announcing his resignation from his old job.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott confirmed Wednesday Scott will be an inspector with his department, and will start his new job on May 13th. Lott said in a statement that Scott's previous experience with his department will be invaluable.
Scott will hold the rank of inspector and will be assigned to work with the community and to further develop the agency's leadership training program.
In an interview last month with News19, Lott said Scott would "always have a home at the Richland County Sheriff's Department. It's where he started his career and he was very successful with that and if he wants to come back then we'll welcome him back."
On April 22nd, Scott announced he was resigning after over 2 1/2 years as chief. The resignation was effective on May 1st. Previous Coverage: Randy Scott Resigns as Columbia Police Chief
During an emotional press conference, Scott revealed he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, a condition he believes was caused by anguish over the 2005 death of a deputy under his command. At the time, Scott was a senior officer within the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Prior to his announcement, Scott had been on an indefinite leave of absence. It was during his time away that he says he received counseling, and realized the impact the deputy's death had on him.
Lott said Scott will start at the department making $40,000 per year. He said the starting salary for a person with no experience is $35,000.
Scott earned $112,000 a year as Columbia Police Chief.