GREENVILLE COUNTY GOVERNMENT: County Council and County Programs
The Greenville County, SC government consists of a county council that is elected by district and is made up of 12 council members. Each member serves a 4 year term and plays a vital role in helping to oversee important government programs and projects, as well as the development of Greenville County as a whole.
The county council of the Greenville County, SC government meets regularly in the county seat of Greenville County – which is the city of Greenville itself. Greenville, SC is the most populous city in the county followed by the cities of Greer, Mauldin, and Simpsonville. The Greenville County, South Carolina government serves residents of the whole county by managing important county fiscal policies and providing and overseeing important county programs and resources.
The main operating body of the Greenville County, SC government is the county council which is made up of 12 elected officials who serve in staggered 4 year terms. Each member represents a distinct district of Greenville County, SC. Members of the county council meet regularly to discuss and vote on important issues. These meetings held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month are open to the public or can be reviewed online on the Greenville County, South Carolina government web site at http://www.greenvillecounty.org. The location of the county council meetings is in the Council Chambers at 301 University Ridge in Greenville, SC.
The county council oversees a number of boards and committees who run and maintain a number of county projects. These boards are open to any residents of the county and are appointed by the county council and other governmental organizations based on applications submitted to the county council. Boards and committees range from the “Airport Commission” to various “Tax Commissions” and “Parks Commissions.” Each of these boards have members that serve without pay and report to the County Council at least once a year. They are charged with various activities such as fund raising for and researching and maintaining their appointed programs.
The current chairman of the Greenville County, SC government County Council is Butch Kirven from District 27 of Simpsonville, SC. The chairman is elected by the council members and serves a two year term. Another important role related to the County Council is that of County Clerk. The clerk is hired by the council and records the minutes of the meetings as well as performs any other services as required by the council.
One of the main jobs of the County Council is to decide on and maintain the Greenville County ordinances. The most up to date version of these ordinances can be accessed in the Clerk’s office.
Other programs that the Greenville County, SC government runs are the Greenville County Parks District, the Sheriff’s office, the county probate court, and the Greenville County Planning Department which oversees land use and development.
The Greenville County, South Carolina government works closely with city governments located within the county as well as the state government of South Carolina. By being vigilant and providing residents with much needed services, the county government of Greenville make Greenville a much safer and more enjoyable place to live.
Upstate: Dec., 2012