Two suspensions on Murrells Inlet magistrate candidate's record

Dave Jolliff, a man who has been nominated by S.C. Sen. Ray Cleary (R-Murrells Inlet) to a Magistrate Judge position in Murrells Inlet, has some blemishes on his record with Horry County Police Department.

Documents obtained by The Sun News from Horry County in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that there were two disciplinary reports written that recommend suspension as a punishment for Jolliff.

The most recent report is based on a Oct. 2006 incident in which Jolliff was accused of being "intoxicated to the point of urinating on a very expensive automobile" at a local bar and wrecking his personal vehicle after leaving that bar.

The report from Nov. 6, 2006, which is not signed by a supervisor or by Jolliff, says he was "suspended from one day of work without pay, mandated to enroll in the Employee Assistance Progam for counseling, and temporarily suspended... from any association, training or activation as it pertains to the HCPD's Bomb Squad."

Horry County Public Information Office Lisa Bourcier said "the November 6, 2006, disciplinary action was carried out, yes we can confirm that."

Documents indicate that Jolliff admitted to urinating on the car, but denied being under the influence when he crashed his car and called the proper authorities about the accident when it occurred.

A letter dated August of 1998 sent to Jolliff and signed by the Operations Bureau Commander and the Chief of Police also indicates that Jolliff was suspended for five days.

The letter says that while Jolliff was at the Criminal Justice Academy for training he used a marked county vehicle to go to a local tavern and left it overnight with unsecured firearms in that vehicle.

It says that Jolliff was suspended from Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 21, 1998.

Jolliff referred questions to his attorney, David Durant.

Durrant said he was waiting on a response to his own Freedom of Information Act request and could not comment on documents he had not seen.

But he said these documents were not a part of Jolliff's personnel file and when asked if Jolliff had ever been suspended said "no."