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Appointments | Appointment Application

 

Note: All committee members must be residents of Charleston County. All positions are appointed by Charleston County Council, unless otherwise noted.

 

To review the membership for each board or commission, click on the appropriate title below. Or, if you would like to review the entire appointment list, click on the "Appointments" button above.  

 

All persons interested in being considered for these vacancies are asked to call Beverly T. Craven, Clerk of Council, 958-4030 and request an application for appointment and information concerning the Ethics Law, or download the Application for Appointment online.

 

Completed applications should be mailed to the Clerk of County Council, 4045 Bridge View Drive, Charleston, SC, 29405-7464, or Faxed to 958-4035. 

Application deadline for all other vacancies is September 8, 2014.

 

Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee

  3 VACANCIES

 

The Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee advises County Council on the expenditure of monies received by County Government from the accommodations tax. The Committee is composed of seven members who must be residents of unincorporated Charleston County, four or more of whom must own, or derive income from hospitality industry businesses in the unincorporated portion of the county. Members are appointed by County Council for three year terms.  

 

 

 

Aviation Authority

  0 VACANCIES

 

Charleston County and the City of Charleston jointly have one appointment to the Charleston County Aviation Authority. Council and the City of Charleston recommend the Candidate. The Governor makes the appointment, which is for four years.

  

 

Awendaw Consolidated Fire District

  1 VACANCY

 

The Awendaw Consolidated Fire District was established by County Ordinance and consists of nine members comprised of seven residents of the East Cooper area and a representative from the Towns of Awendaw of McClellanville.  The purpose of the Board is to advise Charleston County Council of the nature and level of fire services to be provided in the Awendaw Consolidated Fire District.

 

 

Base Redevelopment Authority

  0 VACANCIES

 

Appointments to the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority are made by the Governor upon the recommendation of County Council and with the confirmation of the Senate. Charleston County Council makes one recommendation to the Governor. Terms on the Authority are for four years. The Authority was established for the purpose of overseeing the redevelopment of the Naval Complex. 

 

 

BCD Council of Governments

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is one of ten Councils of Governments created to serve the municipalities and counties of this state.  The Council of Governments provides a forum though which locally elected officials and their representatives may meet to discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern.  County Council has four appointments to the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments.  The terms of membership of appointed representatives shall be two (2) years. Two of Council's appointees must be minorities.  The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments meets at least four (4) times per year.  

 

 

BCD Rural Transportation Management Association

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Rural Transportation Management Association plans, develops, and implements a coordinated public and human service transportation service in the rural and under-served areas of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties.   The terms of membership of appointed representatives shall be three (3) years.  

 

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

0 VACANCIES

 

The Board of Assessment Appeals hears appeals from the Assessor's valuation of property values. Hearings are workload driven and are usually held on Wednesday afternoons. The Board's fifteen members shall be appointed by County Council to four year terms.

 

 

Business License/User Fee Appeals

4  VACANCIES

 

The Business License/User Fee Appeals Board is a six member board that is charged by County Council to receive testimony and make written determinations concerning appeals of citizens and the business community aggrieved by any action taken by the Business License/User Fee Department. Half of the members of this board must be either CPAs or attorneys and other applicants are encouraged to have a strong legal and/or financial background.  Meetings are scheduled in the evenings, after normal working hours, on an as-needed basis. All determinations made by this Board are final unless the decision of the Board is appealed to Council within ten days after service of the Board's decision. Terms of the Business License/User Fee Appeals Board are for four years. 

 

 

Charleston Center Advisory Board

0 VACANCIES

 

The nine Members of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Board serve in an advisory capacity only. At least two members shall be representatives of the community of recovering persons and at least two members shall be representatives from the treatment community with a medicine, psychology, social work or addictions counseling background. Members' terms are for three years. The Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. 

 

 

Charleston County Greenbelt Bank Board

0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Greenbelt Bank Board is a 9 member board. All appointed board members must have a demonstrated background, experience, and interest in the conservation of natural or historical resources.  Terms of board members are for four years and until their successors are appointed and qualify, except that the initial terms of the members must be staggered with the initial term noted on the appointment.  Members shall serve without compensation, but may receive the mileage and per diem as may be authorized and appropriated by Charleston County Council.  Each seat must be filled as described below: 

  • One must be a board member of a charitable corporation or trust authorized to do business in this State that is actively engaged in the acquisition of interests in land from voluntary sellers for the purposes of natural resource or land conservation in the County.
  • One must be an owner of rural real property who is actively engaged in the management and operation of forestlands, farmlands, or wildlife habitat.
  • One must be an owner of real property who is actively engaged in the real estate business.
  • One must be in the business of appraising forestland, farmland, or conservation easements.
  • One must be a board member of a charitable corporation or trust authorized to do business in this State which is organized for historic preservation purposes.
  • One must be a board member of an organization that represents hunting, fishing, or outdoor recreation interests.
  • One must be engaged in the business of banking, finance, or accounting.
  • One must be a licensed attorney admitted to practice before the South Carolina Supreme Court with an emphasis in real estate and/or land use law.
  • One member at-large 

 

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is a seven member Board.  The Commission is a policy making board and has specific areas of responsibility outlined in legislation.  The Staff administers the policies of the Commission under the direction of the Executive Director.  The mission of the Commission is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services without duplicating services provided by other agencies.  The Commission generally schedules three Committee meetings and one Commission meeting each month.  Special and additional meetings are held as needed.  The Commission is appointed by the Governor, on the recommendation of County Council for two (2) year terms. 

 

 

Charleston Development Corporation                        

0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to further human, social and economic development in the County of Charleston and to promote a healthier and safer community.  The Board of Directors of the CDC consist of five (5) members; one member is the Chairman of the County Council's Economic Development Committee, one member is the Chief Deputy County Administrator, one member is the Charleston County Grants Administrator, and the other two (2) members are private citizens appointed by County Council who shall serve terms of two (2) years. 

 

 

 

Community Development Advisory Committee                              

2  VACANCIES

 

1 vacancy for a representative from the financial sector and 1 vacancy for a representative from the construction sector.

 

The Community Development Advisory Committee provides policy guidance for and exercises oversight with respect to activities and services provided under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  The Committee makes recommendations to County Council on matters affecting the Consolidated Plan and other related matters as the common interest of the participating governments may dictate.  The Committee consists of representatives from 9 (nine) local governments and 4 (four) non-government partners.   The non-government partners must be one representative from each the financial, legal, and construction fields as well as one community-based representative.  Terms of the Community Development Advisory Committee will initially be staggered with two members holding one year terms and two holding two year terms.  Following initial appointments, terms will be two years. 

 

 

Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals

 2 VACANCIES

1 vacancy for a licensed electrical contractor and 1 vacancy for a resident state fire marshal.

 

The Construction Board of Assessment and Appeals is charged with determining grounds for revocation and re-issuance of general contracting licenses, hearing charges and making decisions on those charges, determining probationary offenses, and reviewing responsibilities of Code updates.  The eleven member board shall be composed of two architects, two civil engineers, one structural engineer, general contractor, one mechanical or plumbing contractor, one electrical contractor, one residential homebuilder, one mechanical engineer, and one resident state fire marshal.  Initial member terms are staggered and subsequent terms are for four years. 

 

 

Disabilities and Special Needs Board

6 VACANCIES

 

Members of the Disabilities and Special Needs Board are appointed by the Governor for four year terms. County Council recommends to the Governor persons to be appointed. The mission of the Board is to assist people with disabilities in meeting their needs, pursuing their dreams and achieving their possibilities; and to minimize the occurrence and reduce severity of disabilities through prevention. The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

  

 

Firemen's Insurance and Inspection Fund
(1% Commission)

5 VACANCIES

1 vacancy for James Island PSD, 4 vacancies for St. Andrews PSD

The Firemen's Insurance and Inspection Fund (1% Commission) is comprised of 21 members: the County Treasurer and 4 representatives from each of the five fire districts in the County (Awendaw, St. John's, St. Paul's, St. Andrews PSD, and James Island PSD). Members are appointed by the Treasurer upon recommendation of County Council for four year terms.   All insurance companies doing business in South Carolina must report to the Department of Insurance the amount of fire insurance premiums written for improvements to all assessed property in each county and is then assessed a 1% tax for the fire insurance premiums written per county.  That money is deposited into the 1% Fund and is dispersed to each County Treasurer.  The Fund is then distributed to each fire district by the County Treasurer through the Firemen's Insurance & Inspection Fund (1%) Commission.  The role of the 1% Commission is to ensure that expenditures from the fund are consistent with state statutes that regulate the fund. 

 

 

Forestry Board

  1 VACANCY

 

The five members of the Charleston County Forestry Board shall assist in the general conduct of the forestry program in the County.  The Board shall review, revise, and adopt the annual forest fire protection plan.  Members of the Board shall reside in Charleston County.  Appointments are made by the State Forester upon recommendation of County Council.  Terms are for five years. 

 

 

Housing and Redevelopment Authority

 0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Housing Authority and Redevelopment Authority is a public housing agency, receiving Federal Funds, charged with providing the County with adequate and safe low income housing and making same available to qualified persons and families at rentals they can afford. The Authority is composed of seven members, two of whom must be receiving assistance. Terms are for five year terms. 

 

 

Library Board of Trustees

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Library Board of Trustees is an 11 member Board that is charged by State Statute to control and manage the County Public Library System. Members are appointed by County Council for terms of four years. Members shall be appointed from all geographical areas of the County. Library Board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

Planning Commission

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Planning Commission consists of nine members appointed by Council. The Commission reviews preliminary plats and makes recommendations to Council on rezoning cases, and prepares-and revises periodically-plans and programs for the development of the County. The Commission also makes recommendations to County Council on such issues as zoning ordinances, regulations for the subdivision or development of land, tree ordinances, and other matters related to the development of the County. 

 

 

Procurement Appeals Board

  4 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Procurement Appeals Board meets only in the case of a formal protest by a vendor, regarding the solicitation of an award or an appeal from a determination made by the Director of Procurement. The Chairman of this five member Board must be an attorney.  Terms are for two years. 

 

 

Regional Development Alliance

  0 VACANCIES

  

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is a regional nonprofit economic development partnership focusing on Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.  The sole mission of the Alliance is the attraction of new manufacturing, distribution and business and research facilities to this region. Charleston County has two citizen representatives on this Board who serve terms of two years.

 

 

Sales Tax Advisory Board  Greenbelts

0 VACANCIES

 

The Greenbelt Advisory Board makes recommendations to County Council on sales tax expenditures for greenbelt projects using public input. This Board will also provide input to the Park and Recreation Commission (PRC), the primary advisory body for greenbelts, on the expenditure of over $221 million over 25 years.

The Greenbelt Advisory Board consists of 14 members selected by Charleston County Council and the elected Councils of each of the three major municipalities in Charleston County (Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston). 

 

 

Sales Tax Advisory Board  Transportation

0 VACANCIES

 

The Transportation Advisory Board review recommendations on sales tax expenditures for transportation projects using public input. This Board will comment on spending over $1 billion, over 25 years, for highways, bridges, roads and related drainage projects, and for mass transit systems.

The Transportation Advisory Board consists of 14 members selected by Charleston County Council and the elected Councils of each of the three major municipalities in Charleston County (Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston). The Board will prepare, and deliver to County Council, findings, recommendations and comments on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan developed by a private consultant.  

 

 

Set Off Debt Collection Hearing Officer

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Set Off Debt Collection Officer will hear debtor protests and must have medical education/training in order to understand and evaluate bills for medical services, supplies, and treatment. The Officer is appointed for a two year term. 

 

 

Saint Andrew's Parks and Playground Commission

  1 VACANCY

 

The St. Andrews Parks and Playground Commission is a Public Service District formed by the state legislature and is composed of five volunteer citizens that live within the Public Service District. The Commission is appointed by the Governor, upon recommendation of Charleston County Council for a term of three years. The duties of the Commission include preparing an annual budget to be approved by Charleston County Council and making and maintaining policy for the Agency. The staff of St. Andrews Parks and Playground report to the Executive Director who in turn reports directly to the Commission. 

 

 

Saint John's Fire District

  0 VACANCIES

 

The St. John's Fire District Commission Board consists of nine members, appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by Charleston County Council, responsible for the oversight of all administrative and operational aspects of the St. John's Fire District special purpose district. The board has the authority to purchase, establish, enlarge, maintain, conduct, and operate the special purpose district as deemed necessary. The board meets to review operational, financial, and administrative activity reports.  

 

 

Saint Paul's Fire District

  0 VACANCIES

 

The St. Paul's Fire District Commission Board consists of seven members, appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by Charleston County Council, responsible for the oversight of all administrative and operational aspects of the St. Paul's Fire Protection special purpose district.  The board has the authority to purchase, establish, enlarge, maintain, conduct, and operate the special purpose district as deemed necessary.  The board meets to review operational, financial, and administrative activity reports.  The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm with special meetings called as necessary. 

 

 

Weed and Trash Abatement Hearing Board

0 VACANCIES

 

The Weed & Trash Abatement Hearing Board is a three member board that is charged by County Council to receive testimony and make written determinations concerning appeals of citizens desiring to contest an abatement order issued by a Charleston County Code Enforcement Officer in compliance with the County's Weed & Trash Abatement Ordinance (#1227). Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All determinations made by this Board are final unless the decision of the Board is appealed to Council within ten days after service of the Board's decision. Terms of the Weed & Trash Abatement Hearing Board are for three years. 

 

 

Board of Zoning Appeals

  0 VACANCIES

 

The Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals consists of nine members appointed by Council. This Board hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the County's zoning ordinance. The Board hears and decides appeals for variance from the requirements of the zoning ordinance when strict application of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship. The Board also makes decisions regarding the permitting of uses by special exception subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the County's Zoning Ordinance.

 

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