Sumter County Council passed an ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday that allows code enforcement officers to be appointed.
Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the appointment …
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Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the appointment of code enforcement officers by resolution.
Background: According to the amendment, the governing body of a county may appoint and commission as many code enforcement officers as may be necessary for the proper security, general welfare and convenience of the county, as stated in the The Code of Laws of South Carolina.
Bryan said the code enforcement officers would only be allowed to issue courtesy summons, with credible evidence to do so, so the accused can face allegations in front of a magistrate judge. The code enforcement officers would not have the same authority as law enforcement officers, he said during a previous meeting.
Vote: Unanimous approval
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