What in the world is going on in the small town of Atlantic Beach?

PublicCEO was has already inducted Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce into the “It Could Be Worse” Hall Of Fame, and it keeps getting worse in the South Carolina town.

Police Chief Randy Rizzo drank “too many beers” and was arrested on Wednesday morning outside a pool hall and charged with public disorderly/public intoxication.

He was suspended without pay the same day, said Town Manager William Booker, according to The Sun News.

Rizzo, leader of a four-person police department, told the newspaper he was moving his vehicle to a safer location in a parking lot when an officer saw him.

“Unfortunately, the officer got upset with me,” Rizzo was quoted.

Pierce, who was the first-ever story to appear on “It Could Be Worse,” has made the “It Could Be Worse” section three times.

The resume of the mayor of Atlantic Beach, S.C. includes:

  • Being arrested for trespassing at town hall eight weeks after being sworn in as mayor. The Interim Town Manager called the police when Pierce refused to leave after getting in an argument with the town clerk and an employee.
  • Arrested again in April on hit-and-run charges after reportedly sideswiping another vehicle.
  • Dealing with driving violations from a traffic stop in December 2007 and a charge of resisting arrest that ended in a mistrial in 2008.

And most recently was charged with a misdemeanor DUI in September.