Anderson resigns; SLED investigating

WINNSBORO – Davis Anderson, former Fairfield County Deputy Administrator who resigned last week, is under investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Division’s spokesperson, Thom Berry confirmed in an email to The Voice Tuesday morning.

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Berry said, however, that he could not disclose details of the investigation.

“As our work is underway it would be inappropriate to discuss specific details of the matter,” Berry wrote.

Anderson was previously investigated by SLED in 2014 as part of a broader investigation of county officials that focused on the county’s relationship with S2 Engineering, a firm with which the County spent more than $8.76 million between December 2009 and September 2013.  No charges came out of that investigation.

Berry confirmed on Tuesday that a second SLED investigation involving Anderson was initiated in 2017. That investigation lingered until last week when it received new information concerning Anderson.

Under pressure of an internal investigation launched by the county about two weeks ago, Anderson resigned his position effective Thursday morning, May 10. The Voice learned of the resignation in a phone interview with County Administrator Jason Taylor that same morning.

Immediately after Anderson’s resignation, Taylor sent an email to all council members and department heads.

“Please be aware that effective immediately, Davis Anderson is no longer the Fairfield County Deputy Administrator due to his immediate resignation. All questions as to the day-to-day operations of the county should be addressed to my office,” Taylor wrote.

When contacted by The Voice for a comment shortly after he resigned, Anderson, who has worked for the County for approximately 23 years, said it was just time for the county to go in a different direction.

“I don’t want to cause the county any type of setbacks, so it’s time for me and the county to part ways,” Anderson said. “That’s just fine.”

Anderson’s annual salary as Deputy County Administrator was in the $110,000 range, according to Taylor.

Taylor first informed council members via email on Tuesday, April 30 that a number of complaints had recently been made against Anderson by private citizens to The Voice newspaper.

The newspaper’s publisher questioned Taylor about the complaints on Friday, April 26 at the newspaper’s Winnsboro office.

Taylor explained in his April 30 email that the county was looking into one of those complaints of cronyism lodged at Anderson and a subordinate.

Specifically, the subordinate in question recently received a significant salary boost in the neighborhood of $25,000 extra per year, Taylor said.

“We consulted with our human resource attorney, Ms. Linda Edwards, and based on her advice we have taken appropriate action,” Taylor said. The next day Anderson was placed on administrative leave from his duties while the county conducted an internal investigation.