A city police chief sworn in as mayor of Norway resigned after two hours on the job. Jim Preacher was serving as Ehrhardt police chief before he was sworn in as the town of Norway’s mayor. But, according to The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg Preacher didn’t last long as mayor. After two hours from taking oath as mayor, Preacher resigned.
Preacher said in November he would keep both jobs despite a legal opinion declining that. He then changed his position after a town council meeting. The attorney general’s office says Preacher legally abandoned his position as Ehrhardt police chief, but now he cannot automatically return to his former post as police chief. Ehrhardt officials would have to reinstate Preacher.