Davis Anderson resigns as Deputy County Administrator

WINNSBORO – Under pressure from an internal investigation by the county, Davis Anderson resigned his position as Fairfield’s Deputy County Administrator effective this morning, Friday, May 10, County Administrator Jason Taylor said in an interview with The Voice about 10:30 a.m.

Taylor sent an email to all council members and department heads announcing the resignation.

“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.

“It was very simple,” Taylor told The Voice. “We set up a meeting with Mr. Anderson at the Camden office of our attorney, Tommy Morgan, about 9 o’clock this morning. Mr. Morgan presented him with a letter of resignation to sign and Mr. Anderson signed it.”

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 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 had 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.

More information will be published as it becomes available.