No one will confirm why he's on paid leave. But a published report says he worked a second security job while on the clock for the Charleston Police Department.
But now, it appears Lieutenant James Sands wants to be on his own time. The Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Neddo confirms Sands has submitted a letter wishing to retire.
Sands has three years left until he can claim his full pension. Neddo says, "We don't have anything such as an early retirement. The only thing to retire before 20 years with a medical retirement."
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says, "He was working up until the time he was put on administrative leave."
The details of Sands retirement request are not public information.