DILLON, S.C. (WCBD) – A South Carolina mayor was suspended the moment he took office Thursday evening.
Governor Henry McMaster suspended Dillon mayor Corey Jackson after he was indicted on 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor earlier this month.
On Thursday, Dillon City Council elected long-time council member Dr. Phil Wallace mayor pro tem.
“I know the ins and outs and the works of the city, and I think it was, you know, not what I wanted but it’s a good decision to transition with someone that’s been here that long,“ he said.
Dr. Wallace says citizens should not be concerned.
The city’s manager told city council Jackson’s suspension is not a vacancy and should be viewed as an absence.
Only Jackson’s parents and city officials saw his swearing-in. He is not allowed at city meetings and has no say in any decisions.
His suspension stays in effect until he is convicted or acquitted.
Jackson’s attorney released a statement saying in part:
“The Governor’s suspension is standard procedure for elected officials facing criminal charges. Corey maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.“