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County working on severance package FOIA request
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In a response dated June 6, just two days prior to a 20-workday deadline, Assistant Kershaw County Attorney H. Thomas Morgan Jr. notified the Chronicle-Independent of the county’s intent to respond to a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning severance packages to county employees during the last 10 years. The request came up after the C-I learned former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) administrative assistant Samantha Connell -- who was arrested May 3 for allegedly embezzling an undisclosed amount of money from the KCSO’s sex offender registry fund -- received a $22,150 payment in October 2016, some five months after she left the sheriff’s office. Under the S.C. FOIA, public bodies and the government normally have 15 working days to indicate whether or not they plan to answer a request and then 30 calendar days to fulfill that request.