SC top police officer plans to resign this year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top police officer says he will step down before his term ends in January, but he's not sure when.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd said Friday that he had been talking about leaving the position for a while, but wants to get his agency through another tough budget year and legislative session. Both of those end in June.

Rob Godfrey, spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley, said Lloyd told the governor soon after her election that he would be leaving.

Both Lloyd and Godfrey said the governor did not ask Lloyd to resign. Lloyd became the first black SLED chief when he was tapped by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2008 to fill out the unexpired term of longtime chief Robert Stewart.

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