SLED takes over financial investigation of former James Island mayor

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The former mayor of James Island may be dealing with further troubles stemming from questionable financial decisions she made while in office.

The State Law Enforcement Division has stepped in to investigate Mary Clark's handling of town funds during her tenure as mayor. The investigation came at the request of current mayor Bill Woolsey.

Woolsey said after talking with the solicitor's office he decided to ask state police to look into several payments she made without the town council's approval.

Woolsey also said the council sent letters requesting some of the money be returned, but that has not happened so far.

Clark came under fire after is was revealed she made five $1,000 payments to the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce for membership into the newly-formed organization.

According to council by-laws, the mayor can write checks worth up to $1,000 without seeking approval of the council.

Clark was also scrutinized late in her term as mayor after many people called into question her son's hiring to manage the town's website.

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