RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH / AP) - Former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is going back to work for the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Leon Lott announced Wednesday.
Lott says Scott is hired as a Deputy Sheriff and will begin work on May 13.
Scott's resignation from the City of Columbia went into effect Wednesday. He stated he was leaving his position due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during a news conference on April 22.
Authorities say Scott will be a uniformed investigator for the department making $40,000 per year. He will be assigned to work with the community and helping further develop the sheriff's department's leadership training program.
Lott says Scott worked extensively with the sheriff's department for many years and brings experience and expertise that will be invaluable.
Scott had been on leave for several weeks and promised to return to law enforcement. His departure came amid a lawsuit by a former officer who said she was wrongly fired after a bungled search for a missing lobbyist.
Scott worked for Lott before becoming a Columbia officer.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)