NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- After nearly 30 years in office, Keith Summey said he will not seek another term as mayor of North Charleston.
Summey, 76, made the announcement in a video posted to the city’s website Friday afternoon.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me to serve the people in the city that I love,” Summey said. “We’ve come a long way and I’m very proud of where we are today compared to where we were when I became mayor.”
North Charleston Chief of Police Reggie Burgess provided the following statement:
“As a lifelong resident of the City of North Charleston, I want to thank Mayor Summey for taking the city to unimaginable heights. As the Chief of Police, I want to thank him for his mentorship and guidance over the years. Mayor Summey provided me the opportunity to serve as the first African American Chief of Police, for which I am deeply grateful. I consider Mayor Summey a dear friend and I wish him well in his much deserved and well-earned retirement from a life of public service.”
Elected in 1994, Summey became just the third person to hold the mayoral office in North Charleston and has won seven consecutive reelections, most recently in November 2019.
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