Gov. McMaster removes Ware Shoals mayor from office

John Hansen (Source: Greenwood Co. Government)

After seeking the state Attorney General's opinion on an Upstate man's standing as mayor, Governor Henry McMaster has issued an executive order vacating John Kay Hansen's office as mayor of Ware Shoals.

As part of the order, McMaster decreed that Article VI, section 8 of the South Carolina Constitution states that the office of a mayor who has been convicted of a crime "shall be declared vacant and the vacancy filled as may be provided by law".

A section of the South Carolina Code of Laws also provides that a mayor or council member must forfeit office if they are convicted of a crime of "moral turpitude". One of the charges of domestic violence, which was rated third degree, was described as being "a crime involving moral turpitude" by Gov. McMaster.

Hansen was convicted of two different counts of domestic violence per the order and negotiated a 90-day jail stay down to one night behind bars as punishment for an incident in July of 2015.

Per warrants for his arrest, Hansen pushed a woman against the wall, pulled her hair, and spit in her face after painting it with house paint.

In another incident in September of 2015, Hansen reportedly pushed her against the wall, causing visible injuries and damage to the door. He also prevented the woman from using the phone to get help.

To view the executive order, click here.

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