The S.C. Supreme Court suspended Arthur Bryngelson Jr. as a Dorchester County magistrate and told him to turn over his records.

Bryngelson, who resigned his position Friday, said he didn't expect to be back at Magistrate Court.

"We're trying to work it out. I'll leave it at that," Bryngelson said when asked about the matter.

The suspension came after a petition was filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the state judicial body that investigates complaints against judges and lawyers. The office also prosecutes judges or lawyers for ethical misconduct, or problems with performing their duties.

"They're not firing him; they're suspending him. I believe there is an investigation ongoing," said county court Associate Chief Magistrate Brandt Shelbourne.

No return call was received by The Post and Courier after phone messages were left for Disciplinary Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola asking for comment.

County Council Chairman Larry Hargett said he was unaware of any problems. County Council requested an audit of the court about four months ago because an audit hadn't been done in a number of years, he said.

"I don't think any one thing prompted it. It was just something that needed to be done," Hargett said. "It came back clean, no discrepancies."