SWANSEA – The mayor of Swansea on Thursday praised the work of the town’s former police chief during the four and a half years he served, adding that he knew of nothing that would have precipitated Ben Spence’s sudden resignation this week.
Without prior notice of his intentions to leave the post, Spence resigned the position Monday, effective immediately.
Mayor Ray Spires said the estate of Spence’s father, the late U.S. Congressman Floyd Spence, is to be settled in the next few weeks, and Spires speculated that may have influenced his decision to resign.ˇ
Spires said Spence, who had previously served as a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy, “was instrumental in forming the Swansea Police Department.”
“Swansea is indebted to him for his efforts for the last four and a half years,” Spires said, adding that there were “no hard feelings” between Spence and town officials and that Spence had a “great personality.”
Swansea Assistant Chief Cliff Hayes is serving as interim police chief until a decision is made about Spence’s replacement, Spires said.
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