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Springfield police chief resigns; ex-deputy faces allegation of misconduct

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The Town of Springfield's police chief resigned last week, a month after being charged with misconduct in office.

LaCra Sharod Jenkins has been accused of withholding money from his fellow deputies when he was a member of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

"I wish him the best," Springfield Mayor Ed Furtick said Tuesday. "I hope everything works out for him."

Jenkins joined the Springfield police department as a part-time officer in November 2016. He was introduced as chief during a March 2017 meeting.

Furtick said Jenkins did not provide him with a reason for his resignation.

The town will be conducting a search for a new police chief, Furtick said.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office will provide the town with law enforcement coverage until it can hire a permanent police chief.

The State Law Enforcement Division charged Jenkins with misconduct in office in June.

Carl B. Grant, who is representing Jenkins, said the charge is still pending. He declined comment on the matter at the present time.

"We still have to have some discussions with the solicitor's office or his designated representative about resolving the case," Grant said.

Grant said he was unaware that Jenkins resigned as chief from the town of Springfield. He’s unaware of Jenkins’ current employment status.

Jenkins formerly served as the head of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office’s road patrol. He was terminated in October 2015 after Sheriff Leroy Ravenell learned of allegations involving the law enforcement veteran.

The warrant alleges that in October 2015, Jenkins purposefully withheld payment from other deputies for off-duty assignments.

Jenkins did not pay the deputies the amount agreed upon and kept the rest of the funds, the warrant claims.

The warrant also alleges Jenkins asked deputies to lie if asked about the payment and to say that Jenkins himself worked a portion of the assignment.

If he’s found guilty of the misdemeanor, Jenkins can be fined no more than $1,000 and sentenced to no more than a year in jail.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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