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You Paid For It: Charleston County purchases highly customized live edge tables for $20k

Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 6:46 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2022 at 8:40 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Custom live edge tables with inlaid resin sounds like something you’d find in a magazine or maybe a showcase home.

But Live 5 Investigates found them in a local conference room, and your tax dollars paid for it...nearly $20,000 worth.

Receipts obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request show the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spent at least $34,000 in 2021 on furniture.

A new black walnut table takes up nearly the whole sheriff’s office conference room and a third of those costs.

According to a purchase order, the table, which can seat up to 20 people, comes with a 12-inch wide “river” of deep ocean blue resin epoxy filling, custom lettering spelling out “CCSO” and agency symbols inlaid into the table itself, including a badge with Sheriff Kristen Graziano’s name.

Its price tag was $9,929.90 including tax, plus delivery.

Documents also show Live Edge Studio, a business based in Columbia, custom-built the table for the Sheriff’s Office.

It was one of a set, the other one sits right beside it and featuring a half-moon design with more blue resin and a custom “C” shaped leg stand.

It may just be a fraction of the size of its counterpart but comes in at nearly the same cost at $9,875.40 with tax. That’s just about $54 shy of the bigger table.

It was one of a set, the other one (pictured) sits right beside it and featuring a half-moon...
It was one of a set, the other one (pictured) sits right beside it and featuring a half-moon design with more blue resin and a custom “C” shaped leg stand.(Live 5 News)

The total price tag for both tables is $19,805.30.

When asked about the decision to buy these items, the sheriff’s office released the following statement:

The tables are set in a conference room that is frequently used as a meeting space for visitors of the Sheriff’s Office. For years to come, they will make a lasting impression during meetings with community stakeholders, swearing-in ceremonies and other events. Sheriff Graziano sought a vendor that could design furniture that promotes pride of the agency and also creates a warmer, more inviting atmosphere in this meeting space.

The original table from the conference room was repurposed for the Detention Center. Detention command staff needed a new conference table, as they had been utilizing two tables that were put together. With the purchase, the table from the Law Enforcement Center was moved to the Detention Center to fulfill that need.

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to continue searching for cost-effective ways to address agency needs.

The old table was moved next door to the Al Cannon Detention Center.

The sheriff’s office says they had been using two smaller tables pushed together.

Live 5 News also asked the costs of necessary and sometimes lifesaving equipment as well.

Bulletproof vests are purchased at $1,071.70 each and body cameras at $1,560.00.

The $19,805.30 could have purchased 18 vests or 12 body cameras.

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