Evidently under statute, South Carolina voters do not have a process under which an elected public official of either a state, county or municipal government office can be removed for actions resulting in practices either of malfeasance or maleficence of duties performed.
An apparent example of such a shortcoming may exist in the office of Beaufort County treasurer.
On a positive note, the term of that official and the ambiguity is about to expire. But the final outcomes of an audit awaits. As results of the investigation unfold, do a little research on the terms mentioned above to determine which, if any, you feel should apply.
Justice may be blind, but transparency is slowly becoming more clear in South Carolina; unfortunately, not soon enough.
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The 2011 Beaufort County vehicle tax and registration renewal notices recently mailed request that payment be made, by name, to the outgoing Beaufort County treasurer, which could invite more lack of financial control until the newly elected officeholder finally assumes the position more than six months after winning election to the office.
Maybe a change in the election and term cycle needs to occur to reflect the actual start and tenure of the position, as well as the voice of the voters of Beaufort County.
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