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Why we still don’t know whether Moss will have a public ethics hearing

District superintendent Jeff Moss listens as a speaker criticizes the hiring of his wife to a district-level job during a September 2015 school board meeting.
District superintendent Jeff Moss listens as a speaker criticizes the hiring of his wife to a district-level job during a September 2015 school board meeting. File photo

A day after the Aug. 7 deadline for Superintendent Jeff Moss to request that his upcoming ethics hearing be made public, it was not clear whether he did so.

The Beaufort County School District leader would not answer a reporter’s question about his decision at a special-called school board meeting Monday. The meeting was unrelated to his case before the S.C. Ethics Commission. Board chairwoman Mary Cordray said Monday that Moss had not discussed the hearing with her.

Moss had until Sunday to ask the commission to open his Aug. 17 hearing on three counts of alleged nepotism violations related to the hiring of his wife to a district-level director job in September. Two citizens filed complaints against Moss in the months after Darlene Moss was hired, and then resigned, from the district’s new director of innovation job near the same time as Jeff Moss altered the district’s rules on nepotism.

The ethics commission also did not respond to repeated calls and a written request for the information Monday.

Rebecca Lurye: 843-706-8155, @IPBG_Rebecca

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