BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The county supervisor of Berkeley County says he has contacted Gov. Nikki Haley to offer support and assistance as she decides how to replace Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt.
In a statement issued minutes after DeWitt's resignation, County Supervisor Bill Peagler also thanked DeWitt for his 40 years of service to the community and called DeWitt's arrest on Dec. 28 "a very unfortunately incident."
"We are grateful for the incredible deputies in the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office who have continued to provide excellent service to Berkeley County residents, despite the distractions surrounding the incident," Peagler said in the statement. "I hope today's resignation will allow our sheriff deputies to continue their great work in protecting the residents of Berkeley County without distraction."
Peagler pledged to "work closely with whomever the next sheriff will be to ensure the county's first responders have the proper equipment and support needed to protect our residents, reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer."
Dewitt was arrested in Hanahan on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident on Dec. 28, 2014. He was sworn in privately days later, but protesters had been calling for additional charges to be brought against him as well as his resignation.