New faces, new places

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By The Staff

From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to Highway Patrol. New faces in new places.

At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of Highway Patrol.

In an earlier editorial we thanked outgoing council members for their service. Truthfully, that is what their tasks are – public service jobs. And it is not easy to be a public servant and on the public payroll.

The public has entrusted them – through the polling booth – to represent them to the best of their ability. Some of the new people in new places have backgrounds in their positions. Some do not. They will have to become acclimated to the government process. Several have already done just that through classes provided by the S.C. Municipal Association.

Our new state representative has shared her experience as a newbie in the General Assembly in a guest column.

Our new sheriff has made some changes in personnel and processes.

Our councils are struggling with increasing needs with decreasing funds.

The decisions they make have a direct impact on our lives and quality of life. As voters, we empowered them to make crucial decisions. We expect them to become familiar with the issues. They must gather the information they need and educate themselves to make an informed decision. Often the decisions they make won’t make them popular. But being a public servant is not a popularity contest.

Not everyone wants to be a public servant. It is often a tireless, thankless and stressful job.

We thank our public servants and encourage them for taking on these tasks.  

It is an honor and privilege to be a public servant. But with that public trust comes public responsibility and accountability.

We challenge every public servant to work together for the good of the community. We realize not everyone is going to agree on everything. And that’s OK because that is the beauty of democracy. It is important that we put aside any petty differences and concentrate on doing what is best for town, county and state.

We thank our public servants. We offer them our encouragement and support. And we hope you will join us in that support.