Richland County Recreation Commission Board Member Resigns

The board member stepped down in advance of a potential decision by the governor.

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - One of the seven board members who oversees the Richland County Recreation Commission has resigned.

Wilbert Lewis resigned from his position on Friday. His resignation is effective immediately.

In a letter to Governor Haley's office, the commission and other board members Lewis wrote, "My actions as an individual board member are a matter of public record.  Under the bylaws of the Richland County Recreation Commission, a majority vote of the Commission rules.  The records reflect my minority position on many issues and my efforts to do what was right for the employees and the Commission."

In April the board voted 5-2 in a vote of confidence in the former Executive Director of the Richland County Recreation Commission.

Lewis and Thomas Clark were the two members who voted "no".

"May the work I've done speak for me," Lewis said in an interview with News 19.

Lewis' term was set to expire in February 2017.

Senator Joel Lourie commented on Lewis resignation.

"“I have been informed by Wilbert Lewis of his resignation from the Recreation Commission effective immediately.  Mr. Lewis has served with honor in this position since 2007.  Although I believe he is one of the few on this board who have acted in the best interest of the agency and the employees, I respect his decision to allow the Commission to move forward with a new board in a new direction.  His departure should be viewed as a sacrifice by a respected public servant who is putting the greater good ahead of his personal ambition,” Lourie said.

 

(© 2016 WLTX)


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