Former chief's final wish to lure Andrews chief back to Lake City

Cooper. (Source: Scott Harper/Georgetown Times)

ANDREWS, S.C. (WCIV) -- After six months on the job, the Andrews Police Chief packed up his office and left. But what led him to that decision was an old friend on a hospital bed in another town.{}

Andrews Mayor Rodney Giles said it was one of the last wishes of former Police Chief Billy Brown that Joseph Cooper return to Lake City and serve as chief.

Giles said Cooper visited with the terminally ill Brown in the hospital, where Brown made his request. It was enough for Cooper to make the decision to leave Andrews.

"He's a fine chief," Giles said. "He just wanted to go home and serve his community."

Giles said Cooper did not know Brown had been sick. "He just found out about this when he visited," Giles said.

Giles said Officer Tim Taylor will serve as the interim chief in Andrews while town officials seek out a permanent replacement.

Cooper took over for Jennifer Flowers who had removed from office. Giles cited insubordination in November 2012 as the reason for the firing. He said at the time that Flowers recently hired two police officers without his approval.{}