Williamsburg County swears in first female supervisor
KINGSTREE, S.C. – Williamsburg County’s first female supervisor, Tiffany Wright, was sworn into office last week. She defeated former supervisor Stanley S. Pasley in a primary in June. She ran unopposed in November’s general election.
Pasley served three terms.
Wright had worked as the county’s emergency management and 911 director since 2008.
She said she sought the supervisor’s seat because she felt there could be more done in Williamsburg County.
“I felt that I would be of a bigger service stepping outside of my role as emergency management (director) and taking my concepts of leadership on a broader scale, where I could encompass and provide the greatest amount of help to the citizens,” Wright said.
Although she is a native of Buffalo, New York, Wright has been in South Carolina for 14 years. She served 10 years in the emergency management division of Williamsburg County and 15 years in civilian and military law enforcement. Wright worked two years with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
During her campaign for county supervisor, Wright said, she ran on the idea of making sure the office has a good relationship with county council members, because they are the spokespeople for the residents.
“One of my biggest goals is really to straighten out some of the issues we face in county government alone,” Wright said. “And that’s dealing with our internal partners, our department heads and elected officials. Working to figure out some better methods in which we can do business, so that we can spend less time on paperwork and more time on providing services to people.”
Wright said another one of her goals as supervisor is to seek new businesses to come into the county so that it can grow.
She said getting people to believe again in the ability to move the county forward will probably be one of her biggest challenges. Some people in Williamsburg County have a poverty mindset, because for so many years, it has been said that the county is one of the poorest in South Carolina, Wright said.
“And eventually, when you start telling people they’re poor, they’re going to start believing that,” Wright said. “We need to start thinking that we are rich. We are worthy of everything good as anyone else is. We deserve better. We are better.”
Wright said she wants people to become more positive and take pride in Williamsburg County again.
“That’s going to take some work, but it’s OK,” she said. “I’m up for that challenge.”