Pine Ridge, SC 03/17/2021 (Paul Kirby) – The Town of Pine Ridge announced on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 that their embattled Mayor Robert Wells had submitted his resignation from the elected position. According to their press release, he did so on Tuesday of this week.
Wells had contracted the COVID-19 virus earlier in the year and has continued to experience complications as a result of that illness. Mayor Pro-Tem Daniel Davis said in that correspondence that Wells was reluctantly stepping away from the position in order to focus on his health and wellbeing.
Davis said that this had been a difficult decision for Wells to make. He had expressed great remorse for not being able to fulfill what he felt was his obligation to the citizens of the town who had voted him in as mayor less than four years ago. In his message, Davis quoted Wells as saying, “although there have been tough challenges, I have enjoyed serving the Town of Pine Ridge in this capacity.”
Davis closed by saying that the leaders of the town have been in contact with the Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections Commission and would begin the process of working toward holding a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.