Beaufort News

Moss’ ethics case is done, but the school district is still waiting for his attorney’s bill

The Beaufort County School District will not discuss how much money it anticipates spending on legal fees for the superintendent’s South Carolina Ethics Commission case.

While Moss himself must pay the ethics commission $3,000 in fees and fines, the school district has previously said it is responsible for picking up the tab on his legal representation. On Monday, however, spokesman Jim Foster would say only that the district has not yet been billed for Moss’ representation in the case that ended with a plea deal last week.

Columbia attorney Greg Harris, who represented Moss, said Monday he and the superintendent had a retainer agreement for his services, and that he sent Moss a bill. He declined to comment further.

Moss did not return calls or emails about the legal fees Monday.

Chief finance and operations officer Phyllis White declined to comment through Foster when asked whether Moss would be paying for the attorney himself.

Last week, Moss admitted to “inadvertently and unintentionally” committing two ethics violations in approving his wife’s hire to a district-level job in September and a temporary contract position in December 2014.

The consent order brought an end to the commission’s 10-month investigation.

Rebecca Lurye: 843-706-8155, @IPBG_Rebecca