The former director of a Myrtle Beach-area bus system is suing his old agency and other government officials, claiming he was wrongfully terminated.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that former head of the Coast Regional Transportation Authority Myers Rollins, Jr., filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Waccamaw Regional Transit Authority, which operates the CRTA, along with some South Carolina Department of Transportation and local officials.
Rollins is seeking $5 million, saying he was abused and humiliated before he was fired in April. He wants to be reinstated at his old job with back pay and benefits, as well as $5 million in total damages. The lawsuit claims Rollins had nine years with excellent job reviews before he was fired.
The lawsuit lists Coast RTA, SCDOT, Horry County Councilman and Coast RTA board member Gary Loftus, Horry Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, Coast RTA board chairman Bernie Silverman, Coast RTA board member Katherine D’Angelo, Interim General Manager Julie Norton-Dew, and SCDOT officials Doug Frate and Hart Baker.
Rollins began clashing with county officials and SCDOT after a failed $1 million grant to build 60 new bus shelters in the county. SCDOT canceled the grant last year, citing a lack of progress, and demanded that Coast RTA reimburse it $324,000 for expenses that had already been made.
Rollins claimed Loftus and other board members consistently worked to undermine his office.
Coast RTA issued a statement Tuesday saying it has not had time to review the lawsuit.