Thursday, June 14, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley is preparing to appoint a new sheriff for Saluda County after Sheriff Jason Booth was indicted and resigned.
Prosecutor Strom Thurmond Jr. says a state grand jury indicted Booth on Thursday on one charge of misconduct in office. Booth is charged with using an inmate to work on his private property.
Booth sent a letter to Haley resigning his post, effective immediately. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says the governor plans on naming a replacement Friday. Godfrey says the sheriff sent a letter Thursday morning to Haley asking that the chief deputy be appointed to fill the post.
Booth didn't immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press for comment.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)