Pickens Co. cleared in SLED probe

PICKENS CO., S.C. (WSPA) – After investigating the finances at the Pickens County Museum, the State Law Enforcement Division found no traces of criminal wrongdoing, according to a press release.

A Pickens County Cultural Commission member had concerns about the finances at the museum, leading SLED to probe; but there were no negative findings and no criminal charges will be brought, SLED says.

The county fully cooperated with SLED throughout the investigation.

County Administrator Gerald Wilson said he believes that better communication between county staff, commission members, and volunteers could have avoided the misunderstanding.

Pickens County says they will continue to work to make local government more transparent.

In response to the probe, and to avoid confusion with the public in the future, Pickens County has begun the process of establishing separate 501(c)(3) organizations to support the Museum.

They say the previous system of donations was confusing and led to misunderstandings between many of the volunteers and county officials.

The county has also discussed its proposal with the Secretary of State’s office, the state agency responsible for overseeing charitable donations.

According to the press release, County Attorney Ken Roper received a positive response from the Secretary of State’s legal counsel on the county’s proposed path forward.

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