Chesterfield County former sheriff Sanford Parker, who is still awaiting trial for charges filed against him while in office, is now facing a personal lawsuit.
Marvin English, who said he was hired by Parker in 2011 as a reserve deputy, filed a lawsuit Feb. 20 claiming he was wrongfully terminated. English claims his brother’s attempt to run for sheriff of Marlboro County prompted Parker to fire him for political reasons.
According to Chesterfield County Court documents, English claims that Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight had complained to Parker about Charles English running against him.
The lawsuit claims that “Parker said openly in front of many Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office employees that he had received numerous complaints from Knight about his brother’s potential candidacy, and would most likely have to fire English due to Knight’s complaints.”
The lawsuit is also filed against the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and Fred Knight.
According to court documents, English claims the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office “failed to pay any wages to the plaintiff for his period of employment.”
Parker was indicted and removed from office in March of 2013 following a lengthy investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. He is charged with four counts of misconduct in office and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.