SC justices order administrator to pay back 2008 settlement

August 10, 2019 - 11:11 am

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has tossed out a large part of a $1.1 million settlement Anderson County paid its county manager when he was let go more than 10 years ago.

The court ruled that so many Anderson County Council members should have recused themselves from the 2008 vote on Joey Preston's severance package that there wouldn't have been a quorum.

The ruling by Chief Justice Don Beatty says the county can ask for up to $784,000 of the settlement back, which was paid in cash and a 2006 vehicle. It can't ask for $355,000 paid in state retirement credits for Preston.

A judge will decide what Preston pays back.

Preston is now Bamberg County's administrator. He didn't return a phone call or email from the Anderson Independent-Mail .


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