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“I’ve got a job to do and that’s prosecute and the police have a job to do and that’s investigate,” Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said. "I’ve got enough to worry about. I can’t run police departments and I shouldn’t because that’s not my job." He said he was unaware 19 of 38 cases from Atlantic Beach had been dismissed because the town's officers failed to send the solicitor's office the proper information. "That wouldn't be typical," he said of the high number of cases being dismissed from one jurisdiction. Richardson said his office is under a Supreme Court order to move 80 percent of its cases within a year after they've been initiated. To move the cases, the nearly 10,000 cases annually, Richardson said his office must meet deadlines such as having information from a jurisdiction about a case within 30 days so the information can be turned over to the defense. Richardson said it is not unusual for some departments to miss the 30-day deadline so his office sends a series of letters asking for information – one letter to the officer, a second letter to the officer and the officer's supervisor and the final letter of dismissal notice is sent to the department's chief. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to a post on his Facebook page.

“Several people at my office were tested last week, and a few of them tested positive,” he wrote. “I have no idea how I may have caught it. Thank God that my symptoms have not been bad.”

Richardson said when he awoke Thursday, he felt “clammy and a little tired.”

He temperature was normal, but he decided to get tested for the disease and went to Conway Medical Center.

“I just didn’t feel quite right,” he wrote.

Richardson, who has been in quarantine since Thursday, said he was notified his test came back positive Saturday night.

“I will remain here for the foreseeable future," he stated, adding that his wife and kids are fine.

He also said he has “not had any fever to speak of” and “very little congestion.”

“I’ve been a little tired, and the most significant thing has been a headache that Tylenol couldn’t touch," Richardson added. "I took a BC Powder today around lunchtime, and I have felt fine ever since.”

He asked the community to: “Please keep us in your prayers, and keep our community in your prayers.”

As of Friday, Horry County Government had 57 employees working remotely or utilizing medical leave because of possible exposure to COVID-19. So far, nearly 20 county workers have tested positive for the disease. 

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