BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – It’s official — Deputy Supervisor Tim Callanan has been fired by Berkeley County Council.
His termination comes after council members say he cashed an unauthorized check for nearly $50,000.
Councilman Josh Whitley says Supervisor Bill Peagler gave Callanan the money without the council’s knowledge or approval, saying it was part of a severance package.
Whitley says there is no severance package, though.
“Mr. Peagler made it clear to employees that if they relayed information to us they would be terminated,” he said during the special meeting Tuesday. “The PIO, as I understand it, today, because she refused to put out a press release regarding these facts was put on administrative leave.”
Council members have suspended Peagler’s authority to spend county money.
They also voted to ask the State Law Enforcement Division to launch a criminal investigation and hire an attorney to help them get the money back.
Members may launch an audit in the matter early next year.
According to councilman Whitley, Callanan has threatened to file a lawsuit.
Peagler did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. He sent an email to us saying the meeting wasn’t properly called and violated the Freedom of Information Act.