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Parker Sewer and Fire District Commissioners Targeted in Ethics Investigation

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Parker District Board of Commissioner (From Left to Right) Front Row – Mr. James Gillespie (Chairman), Mr. Raymond Arceneaux (Member) Back Row – Mr. Patrick Haddon (Secretary/Treasurer) , Mr. Robert Jones (Vice Chairman) Parker District Board of Commissioner (From Left to Right) Front Row – Mr. James Gillespie (Chairman), Mr. Raymond Arceneaux (Member) Back Row – Mr. Patrick Haddon (Secretary/Treasurer) , Mr. Robert Jones (Vice Chairman)

Four out of the five Parker Sewer and Fire District commissioners are facing ethics complaints.

They're accused of using their elected positions for personal financial benefits.

Two of them say they didn't think they were doing anything wrong.

Documents from the South Carolina State Ethics Commission show investigators found probable cause they broke the rules.

The claims include getting work done on their personal vehicles by on-duty district maintenance employees with district tools in a district garage.

Vice chairman Robert Jones is also accused of failing to disclose income from the district on his 2011 statement of economic interests form. 7 On Your Side called Jones and went by his house, but couldn’t get answers.

The other three did not want to go on-camera.

Commissioner Raymond Arcereaux declined to comment.

Chairman James Gillespie and Secretary and Treasurer Patrick Haddon were willing to talk off-camera.

Both said district employees worked on their cars, but they didn't think what they were doing was against policy.

Gillespie said he was just following the handbook. It says district equipment and tools may be used by district personnel or commissioners, either at district facilities or at home, but not for a commercial or profit-making purpose.

The handbook also says employees must schedule personal business during time off. The state claims the work happened while those district employees were on the clock.

The commissioners’ hearings are all scheduled for May of next year.

Gillespie faces six counts of getting district mechanics to work on personal vehicles between 2010 and 2013. Arceneaux faces two counts in 2011 and 2013. Haddon faces four counts between 2011 and 2012. Jones faces one count of getting his vehicle worked on using district resources and one count of failing to disclose income from the district on his 2011 Statement of Economic Interests form.


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