Former county council chairman Smith fined for ethics violations

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

RICHLAND COUNTY — Former Pickens County Council chairman Neil Smith was recently fined $3,500 after admitting to two violations of the state’s Ethics Act.

Last month, the State Ethics Commission issued a consent order in the matter. Smith is named as respondent in the order.

The commission found Smith in violation of one count of Section 8-13-700 (A) and one count of Section 8-13-700(B).

The violations are in regard to acts booked at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center, then known as the Liberty

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