McMaster to appoint Nichols’ successor

Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie CHeek

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will be asked to replace Laurens County Coroner F.G. “Nick” Nichols, who died unexpectedly Monday afternoon.

McMaster will appoint Nichols’ successor. Nichols had just under a year remaining on his latest four-year term. He was initially elected as coroner in 2000 and served four complete terms.

Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime said he contacted the governor’s office Tuesday morning to confirm McMaster’s role in the appointment and to make sure a special election will not be required. The appointee will serve the remainder of Nichols’ term. A coroner will then be elected in the November 2020 General Election.

“The governor will probably turn it over to the local delegation and receive a recommendation from Sen. (Danny) Verdin,” Caime said.

Caime said Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek, who has worked alongside Nichols in the coroner’s office for the past 19 years and took over many of his responsibilities as he experienced medical issues over the past few years, has expressed interest in filling the position.


  1. Brenda Watkins on December 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Vickie Cheek has shown this county that she can run this job. Nick would want her to be appointed. She has worked hard and has proven herself to this county.

  2. Charlene Smith on December 4, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Vickie Cheek deserves this job. Her dedication to her job, her caring for victim’s families counts for everything.

  3. Diane Highsmith on December 4, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Nick certainly would have past the baton of responsibility to Vickie. NO ONE more qualified!

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