FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – For the first time since being appointed interim sheriff of Florence County, William Barnes addressed members of the Florence County Council on Thursday.
Barnes was appointed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster following the arrest of now suspended Sheriff Kenney Boone.
Boone is accused of taking county and federal money meant for the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use. He is charged with embezzlement and misconduct in office.
While introducing himself to county leaders, Barnes addressed the allegations against Boone.
“I guess I would like to apologize for the actions of my predecessor. He put you all in a bad position, tried to embarrass you. I don’t do that. I don’t work that way and I think you know me well enough to know that I don’t,” Barnes said.
He went on to say he’s always had a good working relationship with the Florence County Council. He previously served as sheriff from 1974-1993.
Barnes also said he appreciates what council is trying to do for the department. In April, council members voted in favor of a pay raise for deputies.