Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Town of Moncks Corner honored David Kizer, three-term council member and Mayor Pro Tem, as he attended his last town council meeting on Dec. 17.
Kizer chose not to seek election to a fourth term and will be replaced in January by Charlotte Cruppenick.
“We’re going to miss him,” said Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler. “He’s been my right hand for a long time. I’m really going to miss him. His dedication to the community was evident in every decision he made on council.”
Council member Michael Lockliear said he looked to Kizer for leadership and advice when he first arrived on council: “When I started on council you were the main man. I looked up to you. I’m really going to miss you.”
David Dennis echoed those sentiments as well.
“I’m really going to miss you,” said Dennis.
Kizer, a self-proclaimed tree hugger, was council’s resident conservationist, and took a sense of civic pride in the preservation of the town’s grand oak trees. Council member Laura Perdue still plans to consult with Kizer on the topic even after his term on council has ended.
“I’m still going to call you to answer my questions about trees even after you’re gone,” said council member Laura Perdue.
“I learned a lot from you,” said council member Tonia Aiken-Taylor. “I’m really going to miss you. I’ve learned so much from you on how to be a good leader.”
During Kizer’s tenure on town council Moncks Corner has grown by more than 25 percent with the annexation of more than 1,000 acres of land into the town limits. Kizer also helped oversee the design, development and construction of the new recreation complex with Phase One expected to be ready for games sometime in 2014.
“All this is due in large part to David’s leadership on council,” the mayor said.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the town of Moncks Corner,” Kizer said.
Kizer was elected to council in Nov. 2001 and took his first oath of office in January 2002. He served as the town’s Mayor Pro Tem from Aug. 15, 2005 until his present term expires on Dec. 31, 2013.
See the Jan. 1, 2014 edition The Independent for an up close conversation with David Kizer.