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SC trooper publicly resigns in protest

By Maayan Schechter
The State (Columbia, S.C.)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. David Whatley wanted to hand his resignation letter to Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.

Instead, near tears, Whatley handed his letter of resignation to his boss, S.C. Department of Public Safety director Leroy Smith, in front of S.C. House members Monday.

Whatley — a nearly 29-year employee of Highway Patrol and a combat veteran — said he is just one of many state troopers who are unhappy with the state agency’s handling of internal matters and its leadership.

For some who leave, low pay is an issue, Whatley said. The starting salary for a trainee S.C. trooper is about $38,000 a year. That increases to $42,100 after they complete training.

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