Town tasked with picking new mayor

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Neva Peagler, wife of Berkeley County Supervisor-elect Bill Peagler spread the word along Main Street in Moncks Corner, sporting her Good Old Southern Girl bonnet.

With current Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler defeating Dan Davis in the June 24 Republican primary runoff to become the Berkeley County Supervisor-elect, Moncks Corner will have to find a new mayor.

Following an uncontested general election on Nov. 4, Peagler will resign effective Jan. 1, 2015 and be sworn in as Berkeley County Supervisor.

Moncks Corner’s Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lockliear will move to the center seat and assume the role of Interim Mayor until the Town can hold a special election for mayor to fill the remainder of Peagler’s current term of office.

Peagler was first elected mayor in Nov. 2005 to serve out the remainder of then Mayor Pompey Harvey’s unexpired term beginning Nov. 1, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2007, and was reelected each election year since with no opposition.

Adam Hammons, Director of thethe Berkeley County Board of Elections said the process would involve some deft calendar juggling.

“It all depends on when Mayor Peagler resigns as mayor of Moncks Corner, but let’s say he resigns January 1, 2015 which would fall on a Thursday, on the third Friday following his resignation, which would be at noon on January 16, filing for candidacy will open for 10 days until noon on January 26.”

Also, counting 13 Tuesdays from the day Peagler resigned, if the mayor resigned on Jan. 1, 2015, the date of the special election for the office of Mayor of Moncks Corner would fall on March 31, 2015.

The new mayor could be sworn in immediately after the election results were certified, or at the next regularly scheduled town meeting.

“Once the election results are certified we would turn things over to the town in regard to whenever the new mayor would be sworn in,” Hammons said.

Lockliear would remain interim mayor until whatever time the new mayor is sworn in.

The new mayor would serve out the remaining two years of Peagler’s present term of office which would expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

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