Town fires its police department to save money

Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson sent a letter to Police Chief Michael Martin Thursday, informing him that effective 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, the town's police department will cease to exist.

The move affects the department's four full-time and one part-time officer.

In the letter to Chief Martin, Mayor Jackson called the decision "difficult."

Jackson also sent a letter to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone saying the town could no longer maintain its police department. He asked that the sheriff's office begin patrolling the town starting at 8 p.m. Friday when "the Chief of Police and all other officers will be relieved of duty."

Mayor Jackson has said the town needs to find $400,000 to cover overdue bills.

We will post more details as we get them.