EASLEY, S.C. (WSPA) – A state representative and others are asking the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate allegations against an Easley City Council member.

Representative Neal Collins sent a letter to SLED outlining the claims against councilwoman Denise Davidson.

Davidson was accused of giving a private citizen access to a city computer containing “private and privileged information” in 2022.

In the letter, Collins writes that an investigation by the state is warranted due to “the allegations of criminal activity, especially beach of private citizens’ information is disturbing and the City of Easley should not investigate this matter – a neutral party should.”

The letter is also signed by State Senator Rex Rice and Pickens County Council members Chris Bowers, Henry Wilson, and Roy Costner.

Mayor Butch Womack revealed this information at a city council meeting this week.

“That was brought forth in the council meeting so that the folks out in the community will know it’s not us, the employees here at the city, doing this,” said Mayor Womack.

We asked Mayor Womack if this investigation was politically motivated in timing since he is in a runoff election next week for his seat.

“No, my job is to protect the citizens of Easley and employees here and I was afraid that if something happens next week, I won’t have this voice to be able to let the people know. We’re also in the process of sending letters out to each person that was on that list to let them know that their if their private information could be out there.”

WSPA has reached out to SLED to see if they will be opening an investigation. We also called and emailed Denise Davidson and are waiting on a response.

Read the full letter below: