Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A third member of the beleaguered Richland County Recreation Commission has resigned, just before a hearing to determine the entire board's fate.
George Martin sent at letter to Gov. Nikki Haley Monday saying he was stepping down effective immediately.
"Due to personal family issues, I feel I can no longer contribute the time that this position requires and respectfully request my tender for resignation be accepted," he wrote.
Martin had been on the seven member board since 2008, and his term wasn't set to expire for another four years.
He joins Wilbert Lewis and Weston Furgess, who both resigned earlier this month.
The recreation commissionl has been under scrutiny for months over its handing of personnel issues, including involving the agency's former executive director, James Brown III. Earlier this month, Gov. Haley issued three charges against the group, saying they failed to investigate harassment, nepotism, and intimidation claims made against the agency.
Haley will have a hearing for the board members on Wednesday to hear their response to those charges. It will be overseen by a three-person panel, and depending on how the hearing goes, the board members could be fired.
If any member doesn't not show up, Haley said she will automatically remove that person from office.
Last month, a majority of Richland County's state senators and representatives asked Haley to remove five members of the board.
Brown III retired from the commission last month, days after he was indicted on a misconduct in office charge and was arrested on for allegedly intimidating a witness.