A new man has been tapped to lead South Carolina’s Highway Patrol.
South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith appointed Lt. Col. Michael Oliver as the new interim commander Monday. Oliver has been with the Highway Patrol for over thirty years, and wields a wide range of experience, including information technology, administration, and enforcement.
The nomination came shortly after the former interim commander Col. Kenny Lancaster announced his retirement. Lancaster has served with the SCHP for 23 years, and will retire December 27th of this year. He is currently on leave.
Col. Lancaster had been under investigation since August for an alleged affair in 1990. A woman filed a formal complaint and sworn affidavit with the patrol’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The case was turned over State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, which was then handed to the state Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Alan Wilson said he will not pursue Col. Lancaster on the accusations, citing “there is no prosecutable offense.”