Confederate Cronyism, Nepotism
A South Carolina county councilman who founded an especially rabid Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) chapter is under fire for allegedly steering a $400,000 government contract to his daughter and then giving the county’s administrator – also a SCV official – a $1.14 million buyout that was more than twice the amount left on his three year contract.
Where is all of this Rebel boondoggling taking place? Anderson County, of course.
Ron Wilson, who serves as District Six Councilman as well as Commander of the Manse Jolly Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is rumored to have named former county administrator Joey Ray Preston the adjutant of his SCV organization in exchange for the taxpayer-funded perks.
From the Williamston Journal:
According to documents obtained from Anderson County, a lucrative consulting contract was signed by the county and a consulting firm owned by Allison Schaum, the daughter of District Six Councilman Ron Wilson, just three weeks before Wilson unilaterally arranged a $1.14 million buyout of former county administrator Joey Prestonâ€™s contract …
â€œI instructed our attorney to work something out with Mr. Preston so that we could move forward,â€ said Wilson at the November 18, 2008 meeting. Wilson said he acted as an individual Council member and not as the chairman of the personnel committee. He later said he was acting as both, a discrepancy that has yet to be explained.
That â€œsomethingâ€ Wilson instructed attorney Bright to work out with Prestonâ€™s attorney was a buyout agreement which gave Preston $1.14 million in compensation and benefits, as well as ownership of the
Chevrolet Denali which he had driven as county administrator.”
A Chevy Denali, too? Nice …
As hard as it is to believe, there are actually governments on earth that are more tragically backward than the one that runs our state (on an 1895 Constitution, no less).
The only problem? They happen to be South Carolina’s local school boards and municipal governments.
Of course as it we said before, this is happening in Anderson County, which is about as surprising as the gravity currently holding you to the earth.