Horry County deputy police chief announces abrupt retirement

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Scott Rutherford, the deputy chief for the Horry County Police Department, will retire, he confirmed to News13.

Rutherford said he turned in his retirement papers to the county on Wednesday. Public Information Officer for Horry County Lisa Bourcier says Rutherford’s retirement will be effective June 6. He has been employed with the county since 1991 and has an ending salary of $79,747.20.

Horry County’s website says Rutherford oversaw, among other things, special operations.

Rutherford retirement announcement comes less than a week after Chief Saundra Rhodes abruptly retired; she also didn’t explain why she was leaving the department.

News13 previously reported on issues within the Horry County Police Department.  SLED is investigating current and former officers, the department faces lawsuits from alleged rape victims, and the department is reviewing previously closed cases.

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