STATESBORO, GA (WMBF) - After retiring back in May in the midst of allegations of misconduct against members of her department, former Horry County police chief Saundra Rhodes says she wasn't ready to just sit at home, and is now looking to become the police chief of Statesboro, Georgia.
Several people from Statesboro, Georgia listened intently as Rhodes made her claim on why she should be the next police chief.
"I believe I am the right person for the job because I bring experience. I bring knowledge. I bring passion and compassion for the job." said Rhodes.
Rhodes retired in May, as one of her former detectives, Allen Large was being accused by several women of sexual abuse while working their rape cases. He was fired back in 2015 following an internal investigation. Horry County paid 60,000 dollars to the state so that Rhodes could retire early with full benefits. Although Rhodes says her decision to retire was based on spending more time with her family.
"So it was my plan to spend some time at home this summer. Especially and particularly with my son. For the last four years we haven't spent a lot of time together. We haven't even taken a family vacation in over four years because of my duties."
She says after spending the summer at home, she felt the urge to get back to work, and needed to look out of state so that she could still receive her retirement pension.
"It peaked my interest. I looked at maybe hundreds of different jobs that were out there. The attributes of the city, it's closeness to Savannah, I came out and visited the area and it's a little larger city by it still has that small town feel to it."
Rhodes says the allegations against detective Large did not impact her decision to retire and that Statesboro is exactly the kind of place she wants to raise her family.