Aiken mayor joins Municipal Association of S.C. board of directors

July 29, 2018

Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon has been elected to the board of directors for the Municipal Association of S.C.

Osbon was elected to the position – an at-large three-year term – during the association’s annual meeting last week.

The board of directors comprises 18 members, all of whom represent local governments throughout the state.

The Municipal Association of S.C. was founded in 1930 and provides services to 271 municipalities.

The board oversees the association’s finances and its legislative agenda.

On Friday, Osbon said he was “very appreciative” of both the nomination and confirmation.

The mayor said he would serve on the board as a voice for local government, home rule and other things that “affect our citizens and residents.” Osbon said he already has a good relationship with Aiken County’s legislative delegation, which helps the cause.

Osbon is no stranger to the Municipal Association of S.C.

In February, Osbon attended a State House hearing and was prepared to testify in favor of a bill that would allow for easier land annexation and absorption of enclave areas, also known as municipal doughnut holes.

In Aiken, that would mean annexing areas that currently fall to Aiken County but are more or less – but not legally – within the city.

The Municipal Association of S.C. was monitoring the progress of that bill at the time. It was listed as a priority on the association’s legislative tracker.

Johnston Mayor Terrence Culbreath was also elected to the board of directors. Culbreath will serve a three-year term.

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