SLED ends investigation against former public safety director

North Myrtle Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - State Law Enforcement Division officials have concluded an investigation Tuesday into claims a former North Myrtle Beach public safety director tampered with a 2008 criminal domestic violence case.

Former Public Safety Director William Bailey claimed in a written statement Tuesday that SLED found the complaints against him "baseless."

While he is relieved the investigation has been concluded, Bailey wants to know why the final report has not been released by the City of North Myrtle Beach.

"I am pleased that this investigation has been closed," Bailey stated. "I understand that SLED found that all [of] the allegations were baseless. What is disturbing to me is that the city is refusing to release the SLED report to me or the press."

Bailey further commented in the written statement that he believes the city is being obstructive and is "casting doubts on [his] character."

SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said following the conclusion of the investigation, the report was transferred to the Richland County Solicitor's Office.

Officials announced in a letter to North Myrtle Beach on Aug. 11 that a lack of sufficient evidence prevented the 5th Judicial Circuit to move forward with any prosecution.

The report, according to Horry County Solicitor Greg Hembree, was handed over to the Richland County Solicitor's Office due to the potential for a conflict of interest in Horry County.

City of North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello said Tuesday the city will not comment on the matter. She further stated that officials will likely release the report in upcoming days.

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