Georgetown County Council member accused of living outside district he represents resigns

VIDEO: Georgetown County Council member accused of living outside district he represents resigns

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - A three-term Georgetown County Council member has resigned more than a month after the county board of elections decided he had been “deceitful” when he declared his residency on official county council paperwork.

Austin Beard submitted his resignation to the council, according to Georgetown County spokesman Randy Akers.

The Georgetown County Board of Elections decided on March 15 after hours of questioning that Beard did not live in District 5 where he claimed he did, which broke the rules of residency in the county. In Georgetown County, a person who holds a council district position must live in the district they are chosen to serve.

The investigation began when the Georgetown branch of the NAACP raised concerns about Beard’s residency, claiming Beard lived in the city of Georgetown, not in Andrews where he said he did.

“My intent was never to deceive anyone,” Beard said after the board’s decision. “I feel as if I have represented those people in the district and county adequately. I’ve had their desires at heart.”

The NAACP asked for his resignation.

Beard has not yet returned a request for comment on his resignation.

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