Everyday Patriots - Government Edition May 2013


This is the government edition of Everyday Patriots recognizing some of our employees of Spartanburg County. These patriots have excelled at their jobs or have gone over and above to provide exceptional customer service to the citizens of Spartanburg.

Elizabeth Hardee, Recreation Program Manager – Mr. Phillip Roberts wrote to the County about how well the Tame the Tyger river race was organized. He was very pleased with all of the safety precautions that were in place as well as the volunteers who were there to help.  He fell several times and Elizabeth Hardee in particular was there to help him treat some minor cuts and bruises, which he really appreciated.

Erin Wofford, Office/Program Coordinator, Cleveland Park  - Erin assisted a couple with plans to be married at Cleveland Park. The couple wanted the County to know how helpful and professional she was in finalizing this important event for them.  Her knowledge of the facility and her recommendations were very much appreciated.  She was very courteous and willing to help with any questions that they had. Their event was wonderful, with many thanks to Erin.

Kathy Foster, Human Resources Assistant, Renae McCormick, Human Resources Assistant and Yvette Gonzalez, Parks Department Senior Administrative Assistant – These employees were very helpful with a high school senior who has a disability and has applied for employment with the Parks Department.  Their personal touch made the experience made the experience less stressful, and their help was both professional and very much appreciated.

Maribel Martinez, Clerk of Court’s office Jury Coordinator – A local leader in our community contacted Clerk of Court Hope Blackley to let her know how pleased she was with the feedback and service that she received from  Maribel when she needed assistance with a jury related matter.  Hope has shared how proud she is of the professionalism of her team, with this being the latest example of the good job done.

Thanks to these employees -  great examples of customer service in action.   Keep up the good work!!


Everyday Patriots - Government Edition


This is the government edition of Everyday Patriots where I'd like to recognize some of our employees of Spartanburg County. These patriots have excelled at their jobs or have gone over and above to provide exceptional customer service to the citizens of Spartanburg.

Quick action on the part of a youth recreation staff member Sharon “Shane” Kent helped save a child from choking. The child, an ACE (After-Class Enrichment) participant was eating a sucker when the candy became separated from the stick causing her to choke. Shane immediately sprung into action and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver. Several parents contacted Elizabeth Hardee, Shane’s supervisor, to share their appreciation for Shane and how well she handled this serious situation. Shane Kent has been an employee of the Parks Department since January 2009 and has attained first aid & CPR certification annually. Training is mandatory for all staff working in youth recreation so that staff are adequately prepared should an incident occur.

I want to recognize Michael Sapp, an 8 year-veteran of the Spartanburg Parks Department. Michael recently took the lead in organizing the Men’s Class C Southern National Championship. As a result of his outstanding work, the Parks Department has been recognized with the James Farrell Award of Excellence by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). This award is given for excellence in conducting ASA National Championships. The ASA sponsored a National Championship that brought 300 participants and their families to Spartanburg over Labor Day Weekend. The ASA representatives and participants in the Men’s Class C Southern National Championship rated the tournament experience on several factors and the tournament received a rating of 95 out of 100. In addition to Spartanburg, communities receiving the award this year included: Bakersfield, California; LaPlata, Maryland; Lawton, Oklahoma ; Reno/Sparks, Nevada; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Spokane, Washington; Tallahassee, Florida; Rolla, Missouri and Sterling, Virginia.

Thanks to these employees - two great examples of customer service in action.   Keep up the good work!!


Everyday Patriots - Government Edition August 2013


This is the government edition of Everyday Patriots where I'd like to recognize some of our employees of Spartanburg County. These patriots have excelled at their jobs or have gone over and above to provide exceptional customer service to the citizens of Spartanburg.

*Sherry Dull, Laurie Horton, Joan Holliday, and Bob Harkrader with the Planning Department, Jerry Glover with Building Codes and Jim Hipp, Deputy County Administrator – this team assisted a developer who has been working on a project in Spartanburg.  Of particular note was the staff’s approach to the developer, which included a very sincere appreciation for his company’s investment and faith in the County. The team was recognized for their prompt responses for additional information, their professionalism and their commitment to helping the developer navigate successfully through the process.


In addition, Sherry Dull was recognized for her assistance to a consultant from New York who remarked that Sherry was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and presented a great first impression of the County. Laurie Horton was also specifically recognized as an asset to the County and thanked for her steadfast commitment to assisting citizens and developers with the highest level of exemplary customer service.


*Marlene West, Register of Deeds office – two citizens stopped by Council’s office recently to let Council know that they were very appreciative of Marlene’s assistance to them. They said that she was a tremendous help to them and wanted to be sure Council knew how fortunate we are to have her as part of our team.


*Debbie Zeigler, Clerk to Council – A law firm that has been assisting an industrial client who is expanding in Spartanburg County shared with us how much they appreciated Debbie’s efforts with their economic development related agenda items.  They said that Debbie always goes above and beyond to help them with their items.  Their complement recognizes the efforts that Debbie makes every day to assist Council, staff and our corporate citizens with the meeting agenda process.


*Cole Alverson, Budget Director – Cole was recognized for bringing distinct honor and pride to the County by obtaining his Masters of Business Administration(MBA) from the USC Darla Moore School of Business.  The County congratulates him on reaching this important personal and professional milestone in his career.


*Jerry Glover, Interim Building Codes Director – The County received a follow-up letter from a local company thanking Jerry Glover for his help with a recent as well as past projects.  The letter went on to say that Jerry has gone far beyond just doing his job and that he has provided excellent professional service to this company. As the department head, Jerry was thanked by Council for setting the example for his department in customer service and assistance to the companies helping the County grow and prosper.


*Brian Waldrep, Jonathon Emory & Travis Morris, Building Code Department – Council congratulated these building inspectors who have taken the initiative to study and successfully pass International Code examinations. These exams require a significant amount of time and effort in preparation and represent a recognition of their knowledge of the International Code:


Brian Waldrep – Residential Electrical Exam


Jonathon Emory – Fire Inspector Exam


Travis Morris – Residential Electrical Exam


*Gary Splawn and Jim Hyatt, Building Code Department – a local business leader shared with the County recently how impressed he was with the services that he received from the County regarding a home that he is purchasing.  The home had been moved to a new location and was unfinished.  Gary helped answer his questions and Jim met with him on site to discuss how to finish the inspection process for the home.  This business leader remarked about how committed these two individuals were to helping him and that he wanted the County to how much he appreciated their assistance.


*Tony Bell, Human Resources Director – Last month, Tony was elected to the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors for a three year term.  Tony has been an active member of the Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina Board of Directors for nearly two decades.  During Tony’s tenure with the Board, the organization has grown its job training and placement services exponentially.  During the fiscal year that ended in June, Goodwill helped over 8,000 South Carolinians find employment.  Mr. Patrick Michaels, President and CEO for Goodwill Industries of the Update/Midlands South Carolina, said  that the Board has been fortunate to have a man like Tony in a leadership role for Goodwill on a national level.  The County agrees that we are fortunate to have Tony in a  leadership role at the County and appreciate his commitment to not only the County but our community and its citizens.

Thanks to these employees -  great examples of customer service in action.   Keep up the good work!!


Everyday Patriots : November 2012


As many of you know, I'm a big fan of We, The People. In today's society it really is heart breaking to see so many dependent on the government for seemingly everything. That is why I've decided to try and recognize some real everyday patriots: The people that see a need in their community and do something about it - without waiting for the government to come to the rescue.

My first group is the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club. Thirty-five years ago, this group of men (and some women) under the direction of men such as Henry Pittman took it upon themselves to start planting over 5000 trees in the city and county of Spartanburg. Within the past year of so they have started an effort in conjunction with the Tree Coalition to go back and clean up some of these older sites. I was fortunate to have a tour of some of these areas and the before and after results are nothing short of amazing.

Team Captain Charlie Covert (Creekside Nursery) along with Dr. Bob Reynolds, Charlie Crescenzi, Buddy Waters and others plan to have several more of the "Trees Parties" within the next year - complete with education and training about how to keep these areas looking great for generations to come. So the next time you see some well landscaped mature trees around town in Spartanburg, thank these guys for stepping up! If you want to help with this effort, please contact the SMGC directly.   I'm sure they would welcome the help!

Special thanks to all these patriots for taking part in making Spartanburg the greatest place in the world to live, work and play. If you know of some real patriots that are taking time out of their lives to step up and make a difference I want to know about it! Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll help get the word out. God Bless, and as always: Stay Informed - Stay Involved!