The head of the S.C. Department of Natural Resourcesí law enforcement division is back at work today after an internal probe confirmed he was cleared of charges in a domestic violence incident.

Chisolm Frampton, a deputy director of the agency, has been fully reinstated with no conditions placed on his work activities, DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said. DNR Director Alvin A. Taylor made the decision to reinstate Frampton, he said.

The decision follows the dismissal of a criminal charge against Frampton, 47, in connection with his arrest in November after an incident at his home on Johns Island.

His wife told deputies that he kicked her and that he threw and broke items around the house.

James Island Magistrate Marshall Rawl dismissed the charge Jan. 14 after Framptonís attorneys explained that he and his wife are attending individual and marital counseling since deputies were called to their home Nov. 18, Assistant Solicitor Ellen S. Steinberg has said.

Framptonís wife, Lisa, agreed with the recommendation to dismiss the charge, Steinberg said.

Once the criminal case was completed, DNR launched an internal investigation, which confirmed that he no longer faced charges in connection with the incident, McCullough said

Frampton was on unpaid suspension during that investigation, he said.

Frampton, a Charleston native, leads a force of about 190 officers. He has been with the agency since 1993 and published reports indicate he earns an annual salary of $95,790.

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