Governmental Committee

Governmental Committee

Mission Statement

  • The Governmental Committee is comprised of two components: Public Safety and Legislative Affairs.
  • Public Safety coordinates the delivery of emergency services within Beaufort County, including the various fire districts, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, self-patrolled municipalities as well as technical support for parks and recreation facilities' development. It is also this Committee Chairman's responsibility to recruit and submit names of candidates for the boards, agencies, commissions, and authorities within its auspices.
  • Legislative Affairs develops legislative positions for communication to the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Association of Counties Legislative Conference. It also provides a forum, on an as-needed basis, whereby topic-specific items can be addressed and discussed with representatives of affected government entities. Its ultimate purpose is to foster active communication and collective problem solving between government entities providing services to the citizens of Beaufort County.

External Responsibilities as Council's Representative

  • Beaufort Water Search & Rescue Squadron
  • Bluffton Township Fire District
  • Burton Fire District Commission
  • City of Beaufort
  • City of Hardeeville
  • Construction Adjustments and Appeals Board
  • Daufuskie Island Fire District
  • Jasper County Council
  • Lady's Island / St. Helena Island Fire District
  • Legislative Delegation
  • Lowcountry Council of Governments 
  • Lowcounty Regional Transportation Authority (Palmetto Breeze) 
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Sheldon Fire District
  • South Carolina Association of Counties 
  • South Carolina General Assembly
  • Town of Bluffton
  • Town of Hilton Head Island
  • Town of Port Royal
  • Town of Yemassee

Committee Assignments 2019 - 2020 

Paul Sommerville

Vice Chairman
Mark Lawson

Brian Flewelling
Alice Howard
Lawrence P. McElynn

Staff Support
Phil Foot, Assistant County Administrator, Public Safety