Council to Meet on Police, Sheriff's Dept. Merger

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Columbia City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposal to put the Columbia Police Department under Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott's leadership.

The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in their second floor conference room.

Monday, Councilman Cameron Runyan said he'd like to see Lott take over the capital city's police force. He says the department has been plagued by bad leadership over the years, and says Lott would bring stability and innovative law enforcement techniques to the agency.

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Runyan wants City Manager Teresa Wilson to put on hold the search for a new police chief, which is in its final stages, so the plan can be considered.

When asked about the idea, Lott said he would be willing to take over if that's what the city council wants. Lott, however, said he would need to be given complete control over the operations of the department.

Councilmembers Tameika Isaac Devine and Moe Baddourah have already said they believe the city should continue to look for a new chief. Devine says Runyan should have proposed his idea months ago.


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