Gov. Nikki Haley has promoted Dorchester County’s chief deputy coroner to the office’s top position, one day after the previous county coroner resigned to face misconduct charges.
The Governor’s Office issued an executive order Thursday naming Alice Durr to the position. Voters will choose the new coroner in November.
She replaces previous coroner Christopher Nisbet, who resigned from his position on Monday. Nisbet was charged in September 2015 after he chased down his neighbor with a county-owned vehicle and pulled a gun during that neighbor’s confrontation with a repossession worker. The governor had already suspended Nisbet in October after a grand jury indicted him.
An affidavit released by the State Law Enforcement Division states a responding Summerville Police officer smelled alcohol on Nisbet after responding to the incident. The coroner admitted he had been drinking beforehand, according to the incident report, but said the other man had pulled a gun on the repo man.
Dashboard camera footage showed Nisbet holding a handgun at his side as the officer pulls up to the scene. The video also shows Nisbet not responding as the officer repeatedly orders him to drop the weapon.
Nisbet is out of jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.