MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails said Wednesday he will not run for a second term in office.
Swails said he believes "it's time for someone else to step up to the plate."
The mayor is 66 years old and served on the town council for 11 years prior to his election as mayor in 2009.
Swails added that he leaves the town "in a good place." He plans on spending more quality time with his wife, Peggy, and their children and grandchildren.
A statement issued Wednesday reads:
It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the residents of this beautiful town and I will truly miss the sense of family and community that binds us all together.
I am grateful for the 15 years I have spent serving my community, both as council member and later on as mayor. I am proud of the major milestones we accomplished. None of this would have been possible without the passion and zeal of our Town Council and the dedication of our municipal employees.
During my tenure as mayor, we have completed important projects that will benefit our community for generations to come, including:
- Johnnie Dodds and US 17 road improvements
- Hungryneck overpass completion
- Bowman Road widening
- Revitalization of Coleman Boulevard
- Shem Creek Park opening
- Senior Center Phase 2 completion
- Carolina Park Recreation Center opening
- Recruitment of Trident Technical College
- Joint acquisition of 246 acres of recreation property on Rifle Range Road
- Improved bond rating and increased financial reserves
- No property tax increase
- All-America City Award
The revitalization of Coleman Boulevard is dear to my heart and, I believe, essential to the vitality of our Town. I encourage Town Council to continue to foster and promote this vision.
Finally, I must thank my wife Peggy and my family and friends for their unwavering support and love during my mayoral years. But 15 years of public service is enough for a 66-year-old husband, father and grandfather.
I am excited about the future and I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I am extremely grateful to the residents of Mount Pleasant for allowing me the privilege to serve them. Mount Pleasant has always been my home and it will continue to be so as long as I live.
Thank you and God bless you!