Presidents-Gavel-Passing-8X8The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) elected officers for 2011–12 at its 44th Annual Conference, held July 31 – Aug. 3.  The SCAC also elected two new board members and reelected three board members.

Elected PRESIDENT was Greenville County Council Member Joseph B. Dill.

“It is a great honor for me to be elected as your president,” said Joseph B. Dill.  “Under the outstanding leadership of our past president (Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey), we have weathered another challenging year.  With your help, I look forward to continuing where he left off.

“To move forward, we must remember that the key to success has been our unity,” Dill added.  “We must set aside differences and work together to achieve our common goals, because the people we serve deserve the best we can give.  We must fight to restore full funding to the Local Government Fund and to halt further assaults on Home Rule.”

Dill was elected to Greenville County Council in 1998.  Currently serving his fourth term on council, he is chairman of the county’s Public Safety and Human Services Committee.  Dill has also served as a member of the county’s Finance Committee, Capital Project Sales Tax Committee, Reedy River Steering Committee and  Parks and Recreation Committee.

Dill led the way in the acquisition and restoration of the Poinsett Bridge, and chaired the Greenville County task force that developed a plan to replace the downtown Greenville library and branch libraries elsewhere in Greenville County.  He was also instrumental in putting together a group of concerned citizens that brought about the development of the Swamp Rabbit railroad into the Rails for Trails.  He is currently working with key members of the community to help preserve the Campbell Covered Bridge and the Hagood House on S.C. Highway 11.

Dill is the Minister of Music at Blue Ridge Baptist Church, and has served as Minister of Music for the North Greenville Baptist Association for 22 years.  He is a member of the Slater-Marietta Lions Club and previously served as the club’s president and zone chairman.  Dill is also serving as Vice District Governor of the Lions Clubs International District 32-A.

SCAC Elects Other Officers

The SCAC elected other officers as follows:  FIRST VICE PRESIDENT — Charles T. Edens, Sumter County Council Member; SECOND VICE PRESIDENT — W. Weston Newton, Beaufort County Council Chairman; THIRD VICE PRESIDENT — Joe Branham, Chester County Council Member; SECRETARY — William T. Noonan, Sumter County Special Projects Director; and TREASURER — Belinda D. Copeland, Darlington County Treasurer.

SCAC Elects Two New Board Members and Reelects Three Board Members to Four-Year Terms (to Dec. 31, 2015)

SCAC elected John Q. Atkinson, Jr., Marion County Council Member; and Lois H. Roddey, Chester County Probate Judge.  SCAC reelected the following three board members to serve four-year terms:  Diane B. Anderson, Laurens County Council Vice Chairman; James A. Coleman, Laurens County Council Chairman; and James R. Frazier, Horry County Council Member.

SCAC Elects New Board Member for the S.C. Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust and Property & Liability Trust

F. Pickens Williams, Jr., Barnwell County Administrator, was elected to serve on the Boards of Trustees for the South Carolina Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust (SCCWCT) and Property & Liability Trust (SCCP&LT).  The SCAC sponsors the two self-funded insurance Trusts, which are designed specifically to meet the needs and requirements of local government agencies.

The SCAC, chartered on June 22, 1967, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization whose membership includes all 46 counties in South Carolina.  Governed by a 29-member board of directors elected each year by county officials at the association’s annual conference, the SCAC is the only state organization representing county governments in the state.

The association provides a number of services, programs and activities to county governments and their officials, including: research and technical assistance; education and training; legal assistance; policy development, advocacy and legislative information; publications, including a magazine and newsletter; meetings and conferences; public information, including an annual directory and website; and financial services, including the SCCWCT and SCCP&LT.


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