Berkeley Co. Council, supervisor reach agreement on clerk

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - In what both parties view as a resolution in the best interests of Berkeley County, County Supervisor Dan Davis and Berkeley County Council members have reached an agreement resolving the recent controversy over the appointment of the clerk to council.

"After extensive discussions, I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached that is in the best interests of Berkeley County," said Supervisor Dan Davis. "I appreciate the efforts made by members of council to set aside our differences and resolve this issue. I look forward to continuing to work with council members to build a better future for Berkeley County."

In a nutshell, the agreement provides that the Clerk to Council shall be appointed by a positive majority vote of council. A new position will be created under the Supervisor to serve as a liaison between staff and the clerk to council office. This proposal fulfills the needs and addresses the concerns raised by both the supervisor and some members of the council.

Councilman Tim Callanan said he was "pleased with the resolution that was reached and believes his concerns over Council's authority were recognized and protected."

Councilman Ken Gunn, who participated in the meeting and resolution, added he was "pleased that Council and the Supervisor found common ground in a prompt manner to eliminate this issue."

"I am delighted we were able to reach an amicable agreement," said Supervisor Davis. "I hope this affirmative resolution signals a turn in the road. I want the entire Council to be able to openly come to the table and engage in cooperative discussions on all matters. We may not always agree, but we can certainly come to an agreement."

Callanan agrees with Davis' assessment and said, "I hope this will lead to a more productive and cooperative environment on Council to the benefit of all Berkeley County Citizens."

The council is expected to appoint a clerk at a meeting later in April.

Previously, the council's Committee on Human Resources and Purchasing unanimously approved Interim Clerk Catherine Windham to be the Clerk to Council.