COLONEL CLEARED OF CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is reinstating its second-in-command after he was cleared of criminal domestic violence allegations.
Colonel Chisolm Frampton – who was arrested and charged with CDV last November – was suspended without pay from his $96,000 a year (plus benefits) position in the wake of his arrest. Frampton was accused of kicking his wife and threatening her with a broken broomstick because she spent too much money.
Sources at SCDNR tell FITS Frampton is a “good guy” – adding they never believed the charges against him were true.
And while Frampton has been vindicated by the legal process, SCNDR appears to be doing its best to keep his reinstatement on the “down low,” fearing mainstream media backlash.
“They are trying to slide him right back in, which is not all bad,” one of our sources at the agency says. “But them trying to keep things hush hush is what is so funny.”
SCDNR – which polices South Carolina hunters, fishermen and boaters – was at the heart of several scandals last year as S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointee to lead the agency resigned her post after it was revealed she tried to muzzle employees from speaking out against Haley’s controversial “Savannah River Sellout.”
Haley’s chairwoman also raised SCDNR fees on South Carolina hunters, fishers and boaters by $4.7 million in the current budget – even though the agency received an additional $2.5 million in the state’s record-setting FY 2011-12 budget (and another $2.3 million in lottery revenue in August of 2011).