Myrtle Beach Mayor wants Governor's help to increase police for 2015 Bikefest
Thu, 29 May 2014 22:16:44 GMT —
As of Thursday, the search for solutions to the Memorial Day weekend violence in Myrtle Beach continues.
Three people were killed and at least 10 others were injured in several shootings, and still no arrests have been made.
City and County leaders say they are just as upset as many residents in the community about what transpired over the weekend.
Friday morning Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, city managers, the president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Brad Dean, and Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus will all be in a private meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. Gov. Haley will be in town discussing Hurricane Awareness Week which begins June 1.
Mayor Rhodes says they need help from the state to bring in more police officers.
He said they need to "try to get a bill passed that will allow us to go to other states and hire off-duty police officers, bring them in, put them on our payroll, take care of workers comp, take care of all the liabilities, but allow us to bring them in."
One thing they have already decided on for next year is having one lane available for emergency personnel. That's something they used to do up until two years ago.
Mayor Rhodes says they plan to set up a follow-up appointment with the governor on Friday to work out the details in more depth in Columbia.