Town Council members take oath, Lockliear new Mayor Pro Tem

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Council members Johna Bilton, Charlotte Cruppenink and Tonia Aiken-Taylor, and Public Works Commission member Wayne Varner take the oath of office during a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 6.


Moncks Corner Town Council member Michael Lockliear was unanimously elected by his colleagues to fill the position of Mayor Pro Tem during a special swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 6.

Incumbent council members Tonia Aiken-Taylor and Johna Bilton, along with newcomer Charlotte Cruppenink took the oath of office administered by town attorney John West.

“I’m looking forward to a prosperous 2014 and working with this new council in improving the quality of life here in Moncks Corner,” said Mayor Bill Peagler at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, council voted unanimously to elect Lockliear to the Mayor Pro Tem position by a 5-0 vote with council member Laura Perdue being absent. Lockliear replaced former council member David Kizer in the Mayor’s right-hand seat, as Kizer did not see reelection last fall.

“I want to thank my fellow council members for having the confidence and faith in me for the position of Mayor Pro Tem,” Lockliear said. “I look forward to stepping into the role of Mayor Pro Tem and working with the mayor and the town administrators in the coming months.

“You couldn’t ask for a better mayor and town administrators than we have here.”

New council member Charlotte Cruppenink received her town council pin as the newest member. Her son Joey Cruppenink and grandson Brayden took part in the pinning ceremony.

“I want to thank the citizens of Moncks Corner for their vote of confidence in electing me to office,” Cruppenink said. “I look forward to working together with the mayor and the town administrators and the new Mayor Pro Tem.”

Incumbents Tonia Aiken-Taylor and Johna Bilton each were elected to their second terms of office.

“I’m excited to be serving the greatest constituents in the world in the people of Moncks Corner,” Aiken-Taylor said. “It is an honor to serve and I am looking forward to working together with the mayor and council in 2014.”

Bilton looks forward to moving forward on town projects in the coming year.

“We have a lot to accomplish in 2014 and I look forward to working together with the town staff, council and the new Mayor Pro Tem,” she said.

Wayne Varner was also sworn-in as a member on the Commission of Public Works.

The new edition of town council will hold its first regular meeting of 2014 on Tues. Jan 21.

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