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1/2/2013 9:17:00 PM
County Council delays vote for chairman, vice chairman
Greenwood County Council Chairman contenders Mark Allison, left, and Robbie Templeton.
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Greenwood County Council Chairman contenders Mark Allison, left, and Robbie Templeton.
Rick Hendricks
Community Reporter

GREENWOOD — Greenwood County Council split between two candidates for chairman Wednesday night in its regular meeting at the Greenwood County Library and decided to postpone the election of officers until the entire council is present.

The deadlock took place when one of the newest County Council members, Steve Brown, was not able to attend Wednesday’s session for health reasons.

Acting County Attorney Stephen Baggett presided over the election for chairman and County Council member Chuck Moates immediately nominated incumbent County Council Chairman Robbie Templeton to continue serving.

Moates cited several qualifications that a council chairman should have and said Templeton meets those criteria. “The office of chairman is important in the life of the county,” Moates said.

Another new County Council member, Bob Fisher, asked if the list shared by Moates is recorded somewhere by the county. “That’s just my opinion,” Moates said.

County Council member Edith Childs nominated fellow County Council member Mark Allison for the chairmanship.

Baggett put both nominations to a vote and both failed because of a tie.

Moates, Templeton and County Council member Gonza Bryant voted in favor of Templeton being re-elected, while Allison, Childs and Fisher voted against.

Allison, Childs and Fisher voted in favor of electing Allison as chairman, while Bryant, Moates and Templeton voted against.

Baggett said the vote for chairman would have to be postponed. He turned the meeting back over to Templeton, who will continue to serve until a new chairman is elected.

Allison questioned whether council could move forward with a vote for vice chairman when it has not elected a chairman.

Baggett said the ordinance allows council to go ahead, but Bryant made a motion to postpose the elections for chairman and vice chairman until the entire council is present.

The motion passed unanimously.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: mack bolan

Some of these folks like Childs will never leave or pay for any wrong doing, the same old group will keep voting for the same ones over & over, thats why term limits for ALL government elected positions should be in place, move on to some volunteer work in your neighborhood, school, etc.....without being on a council, 2 terms & your done.

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: Miss Rhonda

Ms. Childs voted for Mr. Allison simply trying to make her self look good. I agree Mr. Allison is the only choice because all the rest of the council who has been there for ages, they have forgotten the real reason for being there and that is to do the RIGHT thing for greenwood and its citizens. I think they have lost their morals and don't remember what its like too be HONEST except unto theirselves.

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Anderson

I am just a citizen who has had an inside view of Brown and how he operates. He and Ron Powell ran the most corrupt building inspection department this county has ever seen. They attacked and hurt some very good people behind the scenes. One was a client of mine. Funny that Powell left the county and went to work for one of the largest builders in the area. Connect the dots.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: scott jordon

Bill, You must be one of those good for nothing,do nothing ex-city employee's Steve Brown fired when he was the city manager. Get well soon Mr. Brown so you can get into office and help "the good guys" not the "good ole boys"

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: STAN GREENWAY

BILL, ARE YOU ONE OF THE, NO GOOD, DO NOTHING EX-CITY EMPLOYEE'S STEVE BROWN FIRED WHEN HE WAS CITY MANAGER. IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE IT. STEVE, GET WELL SOON SO YOU CAN GET IN OFFICE AND HELP MARK ALLISON AND THE GOOD GUYS NOT THE GOOD OLE BOYS


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