WHEREAS, the Grand Jury of York County indicted Douglas McKown, York County Coroner, on July 20, 2006, for one count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug; and
WHEREAS, a certified true copy of the indictment against Douglas McKown has been provided to me; and
WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 8 of the South Carolina Constitution provides that "[a]ny officer of the State or its political subdivisions . . ., who has been indicted by a grand jury for a crime involving moral turpitude or who has waived such indictment if permitted by law may be suspended by the Governor until he shall have been acquitted. . ."; and
WHEREAS, Douglas McKown is an officer of the State or its political subdivisions; and
WHEREAS, the above-referenced indictment is for a crime that involves moral turpitude; and
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of South Carolina, I hereby suspend Douglas McKown from the office he holds as York County Coroner. This suspension shall remain in effect until such time as he shall be formally acquitted or convicted.
This action in no manner addresses the question of the guilt or innocence of Mr. McKown and should not be construed as an expression of any opinion one way or another on such question.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 21st DAY OF JULY, 2006.
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