MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County's new supervisor says being fiscally responsible with tax dollars is at the top of his agenda.
Bill Peagler was sworn in Friday afternoon in a packed county council chamber in Moncks Corner,
"It's been a long road to get here," Peagler said after the ceremony.
It took a victory against incumbent Dan Davis for Peagler to get the supervisor's job.
Now, the former Moncks Corner mayor has even more responsibility and more people to please.
"Getting to know my council right now, to try to determine what their goals are," said Peagler. "We got to take care of tax dollars."
The new supervisor says he can't do the job alone and will ask community leaders for help.
"I know we need to cut costs. I know we need to improve services. I know we have a duty to our taxpayers to conserve their tax dollars and that's where we are at," Peagler said.
Peagler says giving the sheriff's office working cruisers is at the top of his wish list.
"I want to make sure they get to the scene of the crime for one thing. As mayor we gave them 11 cars. I think they've been woefully unequipped to do their tasks that they've been asked to do," he said.
Peagler also wants a close working relationship with county employees.
"I want their allegiance. I want their ideas. I want them to give our taxpayers and customers the best service they possibly can," he said.
Also sworn in with Peagler were five county council members and the interim mayor Moncks Corner.