Berkeley County residents to vote on whether to continue electing a county supervisor

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Motors in Berkeley County will soon decide if they would like to change their form of government. Currently, the supervisor is elected in Berkeley County but that could change.

Voters will be choosing whether to continue electing a county supervisor, or whether they want to turn that decision over to county council members.

Right now, there is one elected supervisor and eight county council members. The supervisor is elected by the entire county while council members are elected by their districts.

The new plan would add a ninth council member, but replace the supervisor with a hired administrator.

Supporters say council would be more likely to hire a professional administrator rather than someone who simply received more votes.

They also believe there would be less department head turnover. But those who are against the change say a county-wide elected Supervisor is accountable to the voters.

They say voters can decide just as well as council, and point to Johnny Cribb, the current Supervisor-elect, who is a professional administrator in Hanahan now.

Voters will make the decision during the November 6th general election. If they decide to make the change, that will take place four years from now, at the end of Cribb’s term in office.

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