Pictured left to right in photo: Hampton County Auditor Teresa Williams, Marlboro County Auditor Benjy Rogers, Williamsburg County Deputy Treasurer Willette Thompson, Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington, Florence County Treasurer Dean Fowler, Barnwell County Deputy Auditor Janet Ginn, Horry County Auditor Lois Eargle, Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols, Bamberg County Treasurer Alice Johnson, Newberry County Auditor Donna Lominack, Barnwell County Auditor Jim Fickling, Berkeley County Register of Deeds Cindy Forte and Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain
North Myrtle Beach, SC – Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols and Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain attended the 2014 annual South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives (SCACEE) Spring Academy in North Myrtle Beach, SC from Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21, 2014. Over 50 countywide elected executives comprised of auditors, clerks of court, coroners, probate judges, registers of deeds, treasurers and sheriffs from across the state attended the three-day event.
The Laurens County Coroner and Sheriff believe strongly in engaging with other professionals and keeping up with best practices and cutting-edge ideas in the countywide public service field.
“In today’s challenging environment, it’s increasingly important for countywide elected offices – large and small – to come together and work in a collaborative fashion to help ensure the most effective services available to the citizens of South Carolina,” says Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain, president of the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives.
This year’s spring academy featured speakers who engaged attendees with a variety of topics, ranging from leadership training to effectively addressing community issues. Comprised of seasoned professionals working with the University of South Carolina, the speakers discussed with attendees everything from basic problem solving techniques to dealing with a potential crisis. Additionally, they discussed innovative ways to produce a highly effective office for the citizens they serve. The diverse topics were beneficial to every level of countywide elected offices.
SCACEE's primary mission is to preserve and defend the rights of South Carolina Citizens and to ensure proper services are being provided as established by the US Constitution, SC Constitution, State Statutes and local ordinances.