Summerville mayor reflects on decision to step down at age 94

Berlin Myers, center, says he will not seek re-election.
Berlin Myers, center, says he will not seek re-election.

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - After 45 years of public service, Summerville's mayor is stepping down.

"I just thought it was a good time to step down, let somebody else take the ropes and run," 94-year-old Berlin G. Myers.

After serving 10 consecutive terms as mayor, Myers will not seek re-election this May.

"I feel kind of sad," said Charles Miller, Summerville's director of planning and economic development. "It's been a wonderful pleasure working for him for the last seven years and he is truly a gentleman we could all look up to."

Myers began his political career in Summerville as a town councilman in 1965. Myers first took office as mayor when Mayor Allan Luke died in office. Myers then won the position in 1972.

"We had a budget of $127,000, 13 (town) employees, no town hall," said Myers, describing Summerville when he first entered office.

A stark contrast to the town today.

"Now we got a budget of $22 million, 300 some (town) employees and a big town hall," Myers said. "That's a lot to be thankful for."

After so many years in office, Myers struggles to pinpoint his most significant accomplishment as mayor.

"How do you pick any one particular one? I guess the parkway and the town hall would come one and two," said Myers.

When his term ends this spring, Myers will stay on as president of his lumber company, Berlin G. Myers Corps., and plans to watch a little more of his favorite sport.

"Yeah, love that football," Myers said.

Myers will not predict who his successor will be, but has a piece of advice for them.

"Just keep going," Myers said. "We got a good staff and just go by the rules and give it all he's got."

Myers is the oldest and one of the longest-serving mayors still in office in South Carolina.

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