Three Richland County officials were recognized for their leadership and commitment to public service at the annual conference of the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) this month.
Councilman L. Gregory Pearce Jr. was among five county officials from across the state to be re-elected to the SCAC board. SCAC members also elected four new officers at the 46th Annual Conference, held Aug. 4-7 in Beaufort County. Pearce’s four-year term on the SCAC board expires in 2017. On the Richland County Council, Pearce represents District 6 and also serves as the council’s vice chair.
During the conference, Councilman Jim Manning, District 8, and County Auditor Paul Brawley graduated from the Institute of Government for County Officials.
The SCAC – in cooperation with the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research at the University of South Carolina and the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University – holds the Institute of Government for County Officials three times each year. The Institute of Government provides county officials the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities to serve the public more effectively.
County officials must complete 27 hours of instruction, consisting of 18 hours of required topics and nine hours of elective topics, to graduate from Level I. They must complete an additional 18 hours of instruction to graduate from Level II. Manning and Brawley graduated from Level II.