Some of the reaction to James Metts’ resignation as sheriff and the judge’s decision that thwarted his attempt to plead guilty.
“We accepted the resignation yesterday and we’ll watch this play out as it does. We are very, very happy with Sheriff McCarty and the work that he’s doing in Lexington County to really raise the bar and bring it back to the quality that it needed to have in Lexington County.”
Gov. Nikki Haley, whose home is there
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“I was surprised the (proposed) plea bargain would have given him three years’ probation. I got a lot of calls complaining about that. I’m glad it turned out the way it did.”
Lexington County Councilman Bill Banning of West Columbia
“It’s not totally surprising. The charges are the type that have to have a penalty.”
Former Lexington County Councilman Smokey Davis of Lexington
“I will just kind of reserve comment until something happens in court.”
Jarrod Bruder, executive director of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association
Compiled by Tim Flach, Cassie Cope and John Monk