The City of Columbia has announced an interim police chief as it waits for the former chief to come out of retirement.
Ruben Santiago had previously served as a deputy chief at the Columbia Police Department. He is believed to be keeping the seat warm for his former boss Randy Scott. Scott announced his retirement on Saturday in a letter to his employees. However, he said he plans to re-apply for the job by January 14.
Scott said the move is due to impending changes in the state Police Officers Retirement System (PORS) that are taking effect on January 1. State law requires him to wait 15 days before getting a new job. He did not say what specific changes prompted his decision.
“Understand that I do not want to retire, but because of the recent changes made I am left with no other choice. I have every intention to reapply and return to my position as Chief of Police,” Scott wrote in the December 29 letter.
Santiago has served with the Columbia Police Department since 2010. Prior to that, he worked with Scott in the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.