Commissions and Committees


City of Charleston Committees

  • Recreation Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Ways and Means Committee
  • Special Facilities Committee
  • Traffic and Transportation Committee
  • Public Works and Utilities Committee
  • Public Safety Committee

Specialized Commissions and Committees

  • West Ashley Revitalization Commission
  • Johns Island Growth Management Committee.
  • Underground Utilities Committee

Regional Committee

  • Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Policy Committee

Successes and Accomplishments

Major accomplishments and continuing goals include:

  • Completion and opening of the Waring Senior Center
  • Purchase of new fire and police equipment
  • Opening new Fire Station 14 
  • Groundbreaking of new Fire Station 11
  • Beginning of Phase 4 of the downtown storm water system
  • Purchase of additional lanes of traffic on and increasing affordable housing units
  • Addition of lane on Maybank Highway onto Johns Island easing evening commute times.
  • Study of flooding with recommendations for Church Creek
  • Completion of extensive Dutch Dialogue report of flooding
  • Enhancement to traffic flow through inter-connectivity
  • Prevention of bridge lane closure creating traffic backups throughout West Ashley, Johns Island, and James Island (Districts 5,7, 11, and 12)

The majority of all accomplishments come through our Committees and approval of the majority of Council.  That is where the hard work is done.

All cities have three major functions that must be provided for their citizens. These are services of Police, Fire and Engineering. Engineering includes the areas of sanitation, storm water management and flooding mitigation. Please note that I am a member of the following committees

 Public Works Committe

  • Several flooding projects studied with firm recommendations including the Church Creek Basin.
  • The downtown flooding project is working through the 4th phase.
  •  A new storm water management  team is in place and a new Chief engineer has been hired.

Traffic and Transportation

  • Worked to get the second lane onto Johns Island from the Gelogotis Bridge on Maybank Highway. This greatly reduces commute times to the island.
  • Numerous speed humps and stop signs in specific neighborhoods.

 Special Facilities Committee

  • Working with City, County, and public sources; together we accomplished the purchase of approximately 30 acres of property slated for major development surrounding our iconic  (approximately 450-year-old) Angel Oak Tree.  

The Human Resources Committee

  • Approve all pay and benefits.

Recreation Committee 

  • Provide direction on recreational programs, facilities, and equipment as well as city pools. This is a major undertaking to provide our children programs in most sports as well as a safe learning environment in sportsmanship. 

Ways and Means

  • Prepares all City of Charleston budgets and approves funding expenditures for the city. We have balanced all budgets every year. 

City Council 

  • Approves everything the City provides.  No ordinances, no expenditures, and no monetary action on behalf of the city occurs without approval of a majority vote of City Council members. 

Public Safety 

  • Hired both a new Fire Chief and Police Chief. I was a member of the interview board and personally interviewed each candidate. The board recommended the hiring of both Chief Curia and Chief Reynolds.
  • Public Safety also recommended the independent Racial Bias Audit of the Police Dept. 
  • The Fire Department also had the ribbon cutting of a new Station 14 and the groundbreaking of the new Station 11.
  • Police Bias Audit.

Underground Utility Committee

  • New committee to get utilities placed underground to protect tree canopies and prevent power outages.


West Ashley Revitalization Commission.

I  work with Community leaders from the private sector, our Mayor, 3 city council members, one county council member, city  staff, contractors, and the individuals appointed as commissioners by City Council, and all who attend our meetings. This group completed and published  the West Ashley Revitalization Plan. A large amount of time, effort, and study went into our meetings. This is a plan and the ongoing work of the commission will continue to hone and refine the contents. As published, the plan has 166 recommended actions. At this time, they have reported that 65 items have been addressed and action has either been completed or is in process.  Citadel Mall Revitalization plan is close to becoming a reality.

Johns Island Growth Management Committee

The committee included the Mayor of Charleston, the Mayors of Seabrook and Kiawah Islands, Charleston County Chairman Vic Rawl, Charleston County Councilmember Johnson from Johns Island, SC Senator Brown, and Johns Island city and county residents. I was the City of Charleston Council person in the Committee.  The purpose is to get all interested parties together to find one consolidated answer to Johns Island growth issues.  Meetings have been  suspended while membership changes and funding sources are determined for projects being identified.

Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Policy Committee

The organization is made up of Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Council of Government members and includes Mayors of all municipalities and appointed council members, CARTA, SCDOT and staffs. Items currently being discussed are I-526, Lowcountry Corridor projects, FY2017-2022 Transportation improvement Programs, CHATS 2040 Long Range Transportation plans and I 526 issues.