By RON AIKEN
After breaking the story Friday about inflammatory comments made by Richland County Assistant Administrator Kevin Bronson, Bronson resigned today (Monday).
A Friday afternoon apology was not enough to placate first responders, some of whom showed up at the County offices at 2020 Hampton St. this morning to protest County Administrator Gerald Seals’ decision Friday not to terminate or suspend Bronson.
Below are the Friday email from Bronson and Seals’ response.
Seals’ statement at 5:23 p.m.:
While attending an internal meeting for Emergency Medical Services employees, an Assistant County Administrator made an inappropriate comment that referenced suicide. Any reference to suicide in a cavalier manner is unacceptable and a public apology is warranted – and given. While public recounting of the incident has been mischaracterized, the fact that such comments were made will not be tolerated. Although this Assistant Administrator promptly apologized, more needed to be done – and he has been disciplined. On behalf of Richland County, I also apologize for what happened and regret that an employee in the Administrator’s Office spoke in such a manner. I am committed to ensuring all County employees know they are valued and respected.