The Atlantic Beach town council has asked Governor Mark Sanford to remove its mayor after the mayor’s recent arrest. Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce was arrested last week on drunken driving charges, and now the town council has voted for Governor Sanford to remove her. The Associated Press reported that Pierce was the only member on the council to vote against her removal.
Last week’s incident was not the first time Pierce was caught allegedly breaking the law, this was the fourth time the mayor was arrested in about two years. She was also charged in January with trespassing charges at Town Hall, and then again in April for leaving the scene of an accident. In addition, Pierce was charged with resisting arrest during a traffic stop after she said she had to use the restroom.
Mayor Pierce will go before a judge on October 6 for the DUI charge.