Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor will not be suspended from office until at least next month, according to the man whose office could eventually prosecute the mayor on several criminal charges.
Governor Nikki Haley has the power to suspend any public official indicted on a crime “involving moral turpitude.” Haley has said she will suspend Eichor once she receives the indictments against him.
But 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Wednesday that he is unlikely to secure an indictment until a grand jury meets next month.
“Our intention is that law enforcement will present the case to a grand jury for consideration at the next available time, which will most likely be in May,” Wilkins said.
Eichor was arrested Tuesday on accusations of threatening a municipal judge. The State Law Enforcement Division charged him with misconduct, intimidation of a court official, and obstruction of justice. The warrants state that Eichor made an “implied threat” against the judge, but do not give any additional information.
The mayor was released on bond Tuesday afternoon and denies doing anything wrong. “I’m 79 years old, okay? I’m a little old to be threatening anybody,” he told reporters moments before a Simpsonville City Council meeting that evening.
He said he will not resign, but would not give any further comment on the charges. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the intimidation charge. The other charges are misdemeanors that carry maximum penalties of 10 years in prison.
The council did not discuss Eichor’s arrest during its Tuesday meeting.