A small town Lexington County town has now lost four of its top employees in the aftermath of a law enforcement raid earlier in May.
South Congaree Mayor Jerry McCormick was the latest to leave office Thursday, saying the May 1 raid by the FBI and State Law Enforcement Division have made his job too difficult.
“Small town politics has its share of difficulties, but when outside agencies and a state level politician become actively involved in the political affairs of a town the process fails to work as designed,” McCormick wrote in his resignation note. McCormick would not identify the politician, however.
Town Council member Richard Green also stepped down Thursday. Former police chief Jason Amodio and the town’s administrator Melisha Shumpert were both placed on leave immediately after the raid. They have since resigned, as well.
Council member Lila Gantt will serve as acting mayor until a special election can be held in the town just southwest of Columbia.