Chester County zoning director out

CHESTER— Building and zoning director Reggie McBeth is no longer employed with Chester County, a spokeswoman at his office said this morning. County Manager Avery Frick “is in charge” of the office temporarily, the spokeswoman said. No other details were available.

Frick stated that after conferring with CountyAttorney Joanie Winters that he is limited in what he can share aboutMcBeth's departure.

"That's a personnel issue and I really can't discuss it," Frick said. "He(McBeth) is no longer affiliated with the county and as of this morning heis no longer employed with Chester county."

Frick referred any additional questions about McBeth to Winters. She couldnot be reached for comment

County Council Chairman Tommy Martin declined to comment and referred all questions about McBeth to the county manager. McBeth could not be reached for comment.

McBeth, 44, had more than two decades experience in fire and building code inspections when he was hired as Chester’s building and zoning director in 2005. The Upstate native has held numerous duties from a county fire inspector to an investigator with the S.C. Department of Labor and Licensing.

McBeth, who has a degree in industrial electronic engineering, began his career in the traffic and engineering division of the city of Spartanburg in 1986. In 1990 he became certified in all areas of inspections.