Mayor Steve Benjamin no longer with Columbia law firm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Mayor Steve Benjamin is no longer with Columbia law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein.

When Benjamin joined the firm in May 2012 as special counsel, the firm issued a news release to announc its excitement about the move. However, the mayor's departure has had significantly less than fanfare.

A Benjamin spokesman issued a short statement about the situation when contacted by WACH Fox News.

"I voluntarily left my position at Parker Poe in order to pursue other private business opportunities," said Benjamin in the statement. "I still enjoy a great relationship with PPAB."

The firm has offices in Columbia and in North Carolina.