Crime & Courts

Ex-educator, officer to replace supervisor

UNION - A county supervisor indicted on federal corruption charges has been replaced by a retired educator and military officer.

Gov. Mark Sanford on Friday named Brig. Gen. Thomas Sinclair to serve the remaining term of Donnie Betenbaugh. Sanford suspended Betenbaugh on Oct. 7, days after he and other county officials were indicted.

Sinclair, 62, is a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in Union County schools. He retired last year from the South Carolina National Guard after 38 years in the military.

Sanford said Sinclair offered to step in as supervisor for $1 a year, and has the "competence and character" to lead the county rocked by scandals.

Others indicted include the county's former tax assessor and former sheriff.

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