SC Mayor-elect says he'll keep job as police chief

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina mayor-elect says he'll serve in his new role and keep his job as police chief in another town despite an opinion by the state attorney general's office advising against it.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported Monday that Jim Preacher says dual office holding is not an ethics violation because the election was non-partisan and not for the same town. He is mayor-elect of Norway and police chief in Ehrhardt.

The state constitution says no person may hold two offices of honor or profit. But it says any office holder may at the same time be an officer in the militia, member of a fire department, constable or notary public.

Attorney general's spokesman Mark Plowden says dual office could be challenged in court.