Bishopville council members, mayor, administrator hit with 25 ethics charges | News
BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS)- A majority of the Bishopville city council, it's mayor and town administrator are facing 25 charges brought against them by the The State Ethics Commission after a yearlong WIS investigation into per diem payments and use of the city's credit cards.
State ethics investigators in late December charged City Manager Greg McCutchen, Mayor Alexander Boyd, Councilman Ennis Bryant, and Councilwoman Willie Mae Muldrow with charging out-of-town meals with their families to the city.
Investigators also charged councilman Mike Morrow with voting on and not disclosing the fact he sells the city fuel and diesel from his gas station.
In addition, the mayor and council members Bryant, Morrow, Muldrow, and doctor Kenneth Currie were charged with voting on a motion last year that would have stopped their automatic, monthly per diem payments.
State law makes it illegal for an elected official to vote on items in which they have a direct economic benefit.
Ethics investigators did not charge councilman Craig Nesbit or councilman Wesley Drayton. The city also paid Drayton the per diem, but he paid it all back when he found out the payment was illegal.
WIS cameras were rolling when council voted on the per diem measure at a meeting last year. The vote, according to the ethics commission, was illegal.
Nesbit made the motion in August, 2011 to stop the payments and warned council they were violating the law when they voted against the motion.
Reporter to Nesbit: "At this point, given what these charges say and what they're accused of, should these folks stay in office at this point?" "Honestly, for Bishopville to move forward, I don't think so," said Nesbit.
News Ten's Jody Barr will have much more on the charges and reaction to the allegations this afternoon.
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