The police chief in Lyman has resigned his position as a state and federal investigation continues into the small town west of Spartanburg.
WSPA-TVreported Friday Chief Terry Richards had submitted a resignation letter earlier that morning. Richards cited personal reasons for his resignation, according to a release from the town, saying he wants to focus on his family and health.
But the timing is raising suspicions in the local community — since Chief Richard’s resignation comes as the FBI and State Law Enforcement Division are reportedly investigating the town’s activities. The town’s public works director Alan Johnson was also fired Friday, while three other town employees were either fired or resigned.
Town Councilwoman Teresa Shuler told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in a statement that Richards’ resignation was not related to the investigation, but she did not elaborate.
Lt. Jay Hayes has been named acting police chief.