Ethics complaint: Beaufort superintendent to face hearing

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Ethics Commission has set an August hearing on a complaint filed against Beaufort County School superintendent Jeff Moss.

Local media outlets report the complaint stems from Moss hiring his wife, Darlene, for a $90,000-a-year job as the school district's innovation director. She resigned less than a week after taking the job.

The commission said there is probable cause to look into whether Moss knowingly used his position to sign a consulting contract between his wife and the district and to change the district's nepotism rule.

The panel will also consider whether the actions constitute using an office to obtain an economic interest for a family member.

Moss says he will cooperate with the commission and says he's confident his actions have been lawful and ethical.

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