South Congaree administrator back on the job

May 22, 2013 

— South Congaree town administrator Melisha Shumpert was back at work Wednesday overseeing the daily operation of Town Hall after three weeks off.

She returned after a divided Town Council agreed to bring her back from a leave on which she was placed following a May 1 raid in which federal and state investigators took documents and other items.

The probe is not aimed at the community, Mayor Jerry McCormick said.

“It has nothing to do with the town,” he said, declining to say what investigators explained in subsequent meetings with town leaders.

Town Council members agreed 3-2 late Tuesday to bring back Shumpert immediately.

It increasingly became hard to run Town Hall during her absence, McCormick said.

From what town officials have learned, “there’s no wrongdoing on her part,” he said.

Discussions also are under way about the future of police chief Jason Amodio – also put on leave following the raid – but no decision has been made, the mayor said.

South Congaree is a Lexington County community with a population of 2,300 about three miles south of Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Both the FBI and SLED have declined comment on the raid.

Tim Flach

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