- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The Beaufort County School District Superintendent has admitted to two state ethics violations resulting in a public reprimand and fine after his wife was hired for a $90,000-a-year district position.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (https://bit.ly/2baeUCP ) that Jeff Moss said his involvement in the hiring was “inadvertent and unintentional.”

Under a consent order, the South Carolina Ethics Commission agreed not to pursue a third charge related to a nepotism rule that Moss altered last year before his wife was hired.

By signing the decree, Moss avoided an administrative hearing. He must pay a $2,500 fine and a $500 administrative fee.

Moss’ wife was hired for the job last September - a job she later resigned.

The district is the 10th-largest in South Carolina with about 22,000 students.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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