UPDATE: Myrtle Beach City Manger John Pedersen reached out MyrtleBeachSC News with the following after this article was published: Our policy is that, absent compelling evidence, we place employees who have been charged with a crime on unpaid administrative leave until the facts of the matter can be sorted out. That is what is happening in this case.
A source inside City of Myrtle Beach government informs MyrtleBeachSC News of an arrest of City Inspector Burnie Chase Parker. Parker was arrested August 24th for Criminal Domestic Violence 3rd degree.
Our city source says Parker “was also a suspect of materials taken off the Public Works yard to build his drive way at a new house he just built.”
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune reported in June that she, herself, is a victim of Criminal Domestic Violence, yet Parker remains on the job.
Parker works for Janet Curry, who was promoted to the head of the Public Works department (by City Manager John Pedersen) over the objections of many senior staff inside the department.
Curry famously ordered the barricades placed on Ocean Boulevard this past Monday, only to have Pedersen reverse her decision hours later, removing the barricades set in place earlier in the day.
Former Mayor reports news of Barricades Removed
As our city source reported to us: “A public works Inspector Burnie Chase Parker, for the City of Myrtle Beach, SC. Has been arrested for Domestic Violence 3rd degree is still on the job. He was arrested Aug. 24.
He was also a suspect of materials taken off the PW yard to build his drive way at a new house he just built.
The City needs to let people go who are arrested for something like this. This isn’t the only person who has a free pass. This is a criminal offense, as was the other. They just turn the other cheek.
I know about DV and it makes me mad.”