MYRTLE BEACH — Angie Jones, the elected treasurer of Horry County, may drop a lawsuit against the county that's been pending since November.
Jones suggested dropping her suit if the county drops its own counter-claims against her, according to Councilman Johnny Vaught. The council discussed the lawsuit in executive session during a meeting on Tuesday night and then voted before the public to have the county administrator execute their plan, but Vaught declined to describe what that was.
"That'll become public knowledge in the next few days," he said.
Jones said on Wednesday afternoon that she could not comment on pending litigation, but said she and the county will work together in the future. She said that there would likely be a press conference in the coming days in connection with the suit.
She told The Post and Courier on May 1 that she had been in discussions with county officials, trying to find a solution to the dispute.
"We are working on things behind the scenes," she said at the time. "We’re all trying to lay low and see if we can’t work this thing out."
Jones argued in her suit that the county had rendered her ineffective by not funding her department adequately. She said in the court filing that because her position was elected, it could not be infringed by the rest of county government, and that failing to fund the staff positions she requested had effectively curtailed her office's ability to serve residents of the county.
The county's answer contended that Jones had mismanaged her office and sought to hold her liable, arguing that she ran her department at a deficit.
The rift between Jones and the county started after Jones was elected in a bitter fight in 2016 where the outgoing treasurer endorsed her opponent. The previous treasurer cut about $43,000 out of her budget as he departed.
Jones then requested more funding from the County Council for more staff and other needs, but was not granted the amount she sought.