Where is the money coming from to pay former N. Charleston police chief Eddie Driggers?

Eddie Driggers, North Charleston Police Chief (File/WCIV)

When Mayor Keith Summey announced Reggie Burgess as the new Police Chief, he also announced that Eddie Driggers will take over as his special assistant.

ABC News 4 looked through the salaries to find out where the money is coming from to pay Driggers in his new position.

We compared the salaries from Mayor Summey's executive office in North Charleston to Mayor John Tecklenburg's office in Charleston.

Right now, Charleston has two senior advisors for Mayor Tecklenburg. One is making nearly $126,000 dollars while the other makes $105,000.

Charleston also has a special assistant to the Mayor who makes about $71,000.

Currently, North Charleston has a special assistant to Mayor Summey making more than $158,000.

Soon Driggers will be added to the payroll and will be earning $152,000 as a special assistant and liaison to the fire and police department and code department. He will not be in charge of the police department.

The big question is where is the money coming from to pay Driggers?

Late Thursday we talked to North Charleston city officials and they said there are two positions for a special assistant to Mayor Summey already in the budget.

One position is already filled, while the other is vacant.

Driggers will fill the vacant position.

Therefore, North Charleston city officials say no new money was added to pay for Driggers’ salary.

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