AG says 2-hour mayor legally quit his job as chief

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a city police chief who was sworn in as mayor of another South Carolina town, then quickly resigned, can't automatically keep his former post.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports Wednesday the attorney general's office says Jim Preacher legally abandoned his position as Ehrhardt police chief when he became mayor of Norway on Monday night.

Preacher initially said in November he would keep both jobs despite a legal opinion advising against dual office-holding. He changed his position following a closed-door Ehrhardt Town Council meeting a week after the election.

He resigned two hours after taking the oath as mayor.

Attorney general spokesman Mark Plowden said Ehrhardt officials need to officially reinstate Preacher as police chief.

Information from: The Times & Democrat,

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.