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Former deputy acting as Bethune chief

Town hires additional officer, water operator

Posted: May 8, 2012 3:14 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been acting as Bethune’s police chief since not long after the late Larry Davis resigned following his diagnosis of terminal cancer in February. Bethune Town Clerk Janice Hunter confirmed former deputy Jimmy Miller is acting as chief on a temporary basis.

Meanwhile, according to minutes of Bethune Town Council’s April 12 meeting Hunter provided, council unanimously voted at that meeting to hire Brandon Brown as a police officer effective April 15. However, council split on a decision to hire Chuck Robinson as water operator. Prior to his death, Davis acted as the town’s sole police officer and chief as well as water operator. According to the April 12 minutes, Councilwoman Gayle Beasley voted against hiring Robinson.
Council voted on both Brown and Robinson’s employment following an executive session.

Also during the meeting, council learned the Bethune Rescue Squad building will be returned to Kershaw County and that the Bethune Fire Department would move to that location in the future. Also, Mayor Carlisle Davis proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Bethune Town Council next meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at town hall, during which council will hold a public hearing on the town’s proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

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