Joe Lee sworn in as Williamsburg County councilman

January 3, 2019
From left, Williamsburg County councilmen Joe Lee and Torrance Wilson recite an oath administered by judge Delores F. Williams during a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Hemingway Town Administrator Joe Lee was sworn in as a Williamsburg County Council member at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Lee will serve District 1, which includes the Hemingway and Muddy Creek areas of the county.

“The people of District 1 did me a great honor by electing me, and I’m going to try to uphold the county and the citizens of that district,” Lee said Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at the Public Service Administration Building and included the swearing-in of two other new members, Carolyn Lemmon (District 7) and Torrance Wilson (District 2), and returning member Sam Floyd (District 6).

Councilman Andy McKnight Sr. presided over the swearing-in ceremony and said this is the first time the Williamsburg County Council has had such a large turnover. The council includes seven seats and three new members were added.

“But it’s all good,” McKnight said. “We’re just glad to have each and every one of you all here today.”

Two members of the Williamsburg County legislative delegation attended the ceremony, state Rep. Cezar McKnight and state Sen. Ronnie Sabb.

McKnight said he is looking forward to great things from the county council and new county supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright.

“We’ve got new leadership. I think we’ve got a cadre of people that are going to bring a set of bright ideas and fresh thoughts that are going to drive us forward,” McKnight said. “So I think our best days are in front of us.”

Sabb said he trusts that the hearts and minds of those people who have been elected to the Williamsburg County Council will be unified.

“I think we are challenged in a number of fronts, so consequently, I think there are nothing but opportunities ahead,” Sabb said. “I’m excited about the folks that have been elected.”

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