Bob Penick, Chairman

Bob Penick has represented Batesburg-Leesville on the Commission since 1994. He presently serves as Chairman.  He served on the Town Council for Batesburg from 1991-1993, Town Council for Batesburg-Leesville from 1993-1997, and 2013 to present. 

Mr. Penick received his B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Tech University and a Masters in Public Health Administration from University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of South Carolina Municipal Association’s School of Government and Leadership Lexington County. Mr. Penick was the 1997 President of the Lexington County Municipal Association. Mr. Penick served in the US Air Force from 1973-1977. He retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2004.

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Website

Andy Gambrell, Vice-Chairman 

Andy Gambrell has represented the Town of South Congaree on the Commission since June 2013.

Previously he served on the Town of South Congaree Council as Mayor and as a council member for a combined total of 15 years. Mr. Gambrell also served on Lexington County Council for 4 years. 

Born in Greenwood, South Carolina Mr. Gambrell has been a resident of South Congaree since 1972. He has been employed with Eddins Electric for 32 years. Currently he is employed with Premier Constructors and is a member of Springdale Baptist Church. Mr. Gambrell has been married to his wife Dolores for 44 years and they have two children and four grandchildren. 

Town of South Congaree Website

Michael Bishop, Mayor of Springdale

Michael Bishop has represented the Town of Springdale on the Commission since February 2014. He has served as Mayor of Springdale since January 2014. 

Mr. Bishop was born in Springdale, South Carolina and lives in the home where he was raised. He graduated from Brookland Cayce High School and Cum Laude from Midlands Technical College. He is the owner of Dust to Dust Green Burial/Nature Reserve Cemetery, LLC. Mr. Bishop has been employed with Clemson University since 1995 as an investigator. Additionally, Mr. Bishop attends Crossroads World Outreach Center in Three Fountains. He and his wife Beth have two sons.

Town of Springdale Website

Troy Bivens, Mayor of Gaston

Troy Bivens has represented the Town of Gaston on the Commission since March 2008. He has served as Mayor of Gaston since January 2009. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Bivens served on Gaston Town Council since 2003.

Mr. Bivens was born in Prosperity, South Carolina. He graduated from Airport High School and attended Greenville Technical College majoring in engineering. After working for Michelin for 12 years as a system tech, he joined the staff of Prysmian Cable in Lexington. Additionally, Mr. Bivens is a member of First Baptist Church of Gaston and a member of Gaston Lodge 382.

Town of Gaston Website

Joseph T. Hardee, Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District

Joseph Hardee has represented Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District on the Commission since September 2015. He has served on the Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District since 1999. Mr. Hardee was elected Chairman of the Gilbert- Summit Rural Water District in August 2015.

Mr. Hardee graduated from Lexington High School and attended the University of South Carolina. Currently, he is employed with Pascon in Lexington. He has been married to his wife Devona for nineteen years and they have five children.  Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Hardee are owners of Joey’s Sandwich Shop in Gilbert which opened in 1985.

Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District Website

Bobby Keisler, Lexington County Council

Bobby Keisler has represented Lexington County Council on the Commission since February 2006. He has been a member of Lexington County Council serving District #5 since 2003.

Mr. Keisler is native of Gilbert, South Carolina and has been a resident of Red Bank since 1965. He has been a small business owner for over thirty years. He has served on numerous boards including the Red Bank United Methodist Church Trustees where he served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Cemetery Committee. Additionally, Mr. Keisler served Lexington County as a reserve police officer and state constable for four years.

Lexington County Website

Steve MacDougall, Mayor of Lexington

Steve MacDougall has represented the Town of Lexington on the Commission since he was appointed by Town Council, in December of 2013. Mr. MacDougall was elected the Mayor of Lexington in November of 2013. Prior to being elected Mayor, Steve served on Town Council for two years. Mr. MacDougall is a long time resident of the Town of Lexington growing up on the shores of Lake Murray. He is married to his wife of thirteen years (Jamie) and has three daughters. Mr. MacDougall serves on the Board of the Central Midlands Council of Governments and is a member of the Planning and Development Advisory, Transportation and Executive committees. Steve is a graduate of Lexington High School as well as the University of South Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1994. Before graduating from college Mr. MacDougall was employed by the South Carolina Senate Sergeant at Arms office where he was the Agent in Charge of Security.

Town of Lexington Website

Temus "Tem" Miles, Jr., City of West Columbia

Temus “Tem” Miles, Jr. has represented the City of West Columbia on the Commission since April 2017. He has served on the City of West Columbia Council since 2013.

Tem is a native of Lake City, South Carolina and a graduate of The Citadel and Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He is an attorney with the McKay Firm. Tem worked as Legislative Counsel to the South Carolina Office of Senate Research. He was also a Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul E. Short at the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Tem and his wife Cassie, along with their three daughters, Emma, Cate and Charlotte reside in West Columbia.

City of West Columbia Website

Elise Partin, Mayor of Cayce

Elise Partin, a native South Carolinian, became the first female Mayor of Cayce in 2008. She has been a resident of the City of Cayce for nearly fifteen years. Currently she is an adjunct instructor in the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. After earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Carolina, she went on to work at the university in different capacities since 1994. Throughout this time Ms. Partin has published numerous articles and frequently presented at conferences concerning her area of specialty in health and wellness. As a recognized and award-winning leader, she has served in various local organizations including the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Columbia program, the Columbia Museum of Art, the March of Dimes, and at USC. Elise and her husband Gene Partin have two children and are active members at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church.

City of Cayce Website

Barbara Smith-Carey, Mayor of Town of Pelion

Barbara Smith-Carey has represented the Town of Pelion on the Commission since August 2017. Since returning to South Carolina in August of 2009 she has become active in the Pelion community where she served on the Pelion Town Council and is currently the Mayor.

Barbara is a native of Pelion, South Carolina and a graduate of Newberry College with a B.S. in Biology. Her other education includes the Citadel with a Master in Arts in Teaching, concentration in Mathematics and Fairfield University with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration. Carey’s professional experiences include Head of School at King Low-Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT where she retired in 2002. In 1986-1989 she took a leave of absence to teach mathematics and chair the Math/Science department at the Saudi Arabian International School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

From 1965-1980 her experience included teaching middle and high school mathematics and science in Florida, South Carolina and Delaware.  She also served as Budget Director for the Charleston County Public Schools (1969-70). Carey has served on and/or chaired accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS).  She has also served on the Board of Directors for CAIS and the National Council for Community and Justice.  During her tenure at King Low-Heywood Thomas School she attended the Independent School Management Institute Middle School Heads and the National Association of Independent Schools Summer Institute for Heads of School. 

Mayor Smith-Carey is a member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees and the Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors. She also serves as a substitute organist for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she is a member.

Town of Pelion Website

Ray Spires, Mayor of Swansea

Ray Spires has represented the Town of Swansea on the Commission since 2001. He has been Mayor of Swansea since October 2000.

Mr. Spires is a native of Swansea and retired from Carolina Eastman after 30 years of service. He is a former board member of the West Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Town of Swansea Website