COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, SCRN, WVOC) - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is resigning his post after less than three years on the job.
An emotional Scott revealed this afternoon that some of the negative aspects of his job were gnawing at him personally.
“What I didn't realize is while doing it, I focused and concentrated on more than I should have,”Scott says. “From a business standpoint, I am a law enforcement officer but I forgot that I also have a family.”
And Scott announced that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the death of a deputy he had hired while previously at the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Scott says he's still reeling from the 2005 death of Keith Cannon.
The 24-year-old deputy was following a dump truck when he lost control of his cruiser on I-20 near Highway 378 in Lexington County, it ran through a median barrier and hit two other vehicles.
Scott had been with the deputy shortly before the fatal crash. He says he realized recently during counseling that he was still affected by Cannon's death.
Scott has been on an unexplained personal leave of absence for three weeks.
His resignation is effective May 1st.
It is a surprising turn of events after Scott had won praise for beginning to turn around a troubled department where he was the sixth police chief in seven years.
Deputy Chief of Operations Ruben Santiago took over leadership of the department when Scott went on leave, and will continue in that role until the city announces a permanent replacement for Scott.