Berkeley County residents awaiting results of the state’s investigation into the school district will get a chance Saturday to hear from the man whose office asked for the probe.
But chances are, state Attorney General Alan Wilson won’t talk about the ongoing investigation at the monthly Berkeley County Republican Party Breakfast, said party Chairman Terry Hardesty, a former school board member.
“(The investigation) is not the purpose of his visit,” said Hardesty. “I think some people are going to be pretty disappointed because I doubt seriously if he’ll talk much about it. It’s a pending case and he has not gotten the report from SLED yet.”
Hardesty, who talked to Wilson about the investigation on May 24, said several people plan to ask questions at the meeting.
Wilson was scheduled to speak several months ago, said State Rep. Samuel Rivers, vice chairman of the county party.
“This was long in the making, prior to any investigation,” he said. “I scheduled him to inform us about what’s going on in his office. That was the goal.”
He expects Wilson to talk about the Public Integrity Unit, a partnership of several agencies formed last year to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of public trust, Rivers said. Wilson spokesman Mark Powell said his office does not schedule Wilson’s political appearances.
In January, after Daniel Island lawyer Josh Whitley charged that district employees used taxpayers’ time and resources to work on the school improvement campaign, Wilson’s office asked for the investigation into “potential numerous violations of the South Carolina Ethics Act, and other misconduct in office.”
Whitley, a member of the county party’s executive committee, presented emails and other documents that support his claim at a special meeting on April 29, prompting the committee to pass a resolution calling for Wilson to “fully investigate and prosecute any offenders of S.C. state law.”
The monthly breakfasts typically draw about 100 people, Hardesty said.
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