DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two deputies with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office have been reinstated by Sheriff Wayne Byrd after being fired in May for using office resources to conduct campaign activities on his behalf.
Byrd said South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division found no criminal activity had taken place and the State Ethics Commission found no pattern of abuse.
"I rehired three of six before, so it's not a precedent anyway," Byrd said via email.
The sheriff previously said the situation was brought to his attention in late May by a Darlington County resident.
After looking into the matter, Byrd said at the time he was able to confirm that two of his employees, while in uniform, used a county vehicle to shop for items for an event for his campaign.
"The new sheriff takes office in January; he may decide to handle the situation in a different manner," Byrd said.
Challenger Tony Chavis defeated incumbent Byrd in the June 14 Democratic primary.