Our highest priority is to meet the needs of our customers,
and to continue systems expansion into areas of Lexington County where
public services are not available. Systems expansion is funded primarily
from connection fees derived from new growth and from developer contributions.
We pledge to continue pursuing our objective for the benefit
of the residents of Lexington County, and will strive to successfully
achieve our goals through the cooperative efforts of our members.
Commissioners meet once a month for regular business
meetings and hold special meetings as needed. The current meeting schedule
is the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s
chambers located at 2546 Two Notch Road, Lexington, SC. All meetings
are open to the public.
Frank R. Stover - Chairman Frank R. Stover has represented the Town
of Pelion on the Commission since March 1994. He presently serves as Chairman. Mr. Stover served as Mayor of Pelion for seven years.
Mr. Stover was born in Kershaw, South Carolina and
raised on a cotton farm. He graduated from Clemson University in 1951
and completed his Master's degree at the University of South Carolina.
He served as a commanding officer of an armored tank company during the
Korean War. Mr. Stover was the agriculture teacher at Pelion High School
for 11 years. He retired from the State Department of Education in 1984
after 19 years, where he served as the State FFA Executive Secretary,
State FFA Advisor and State Supervisor of Agricultural Education.
T. Randall (Randy) Halfacre, Mayor of Lexington,
Randy Halfacre has represented the Town of Lexington on the Commission
since January 2005. He has served as Mayor of Lexington since December
2004. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Halfacre served on Lexington Town
Council. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem from December 1998 to December
Mr. Halfacre was born in Newberry, South Carolina. He graduated from
the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Management. Mr. Halfacre
is past president of the Lexington Jaycees and State Sertoma Club. He
has served on numerous boards and is a member of the Central Midlands
Council of Governments. Additionally, Mr. Halfacre is Vice President
of the Lexington County Municipal Association. After retiring from the
Department of Labor Licensing, and Regulation as a deputy director in
2000, he joined Lesesne Industries as a Corporate Sales Executive. In
February 2007, Mr. Halfacre was named the President and CEO of the Greater
Lexington Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph (Joe) W. Owens, Mayor of West Columbia
Joe Owens has represented the City of West Columbia on the Commission since February 2012. He was elected Mayor of the City of West Columbia in November 2011. Mr. Owens previously served on the Commission from 1997 to 2003 as Chairman. He also served as a member at large from 2003 to 2008.
Mr. Owens previously served on the City of West Columbia as council member from September 1989 to November 1997. In November 1997, Mr. Owens became Utilities Director for the City of West Columbia until his retirement in July 2011.
Mr. Owens has lived in West Columbia since 1970. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Columbus State College. Additionally, Mr. Owens served on Lexington County Council representing District 8 from January 2003 through December 2006. Mr. Owens and his wife Debby have four children and are members of Brookland United Methodist Church.
Bob Penick has represented Batesburg-Leesville on the Commission since 1994.
He served on theTown Council for Batesburg from 1991-1993 and Town Council
for Batesburg-Leesville from 1993-1997. Mr. Penick has also served as a citizen
member of the Batesburg-Leesville Water and Sewer Committee since 1997.
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.
Pat Smith, Mayor of Springdale
Pat Smith has represented the Town of Springdale on the Commission since
September 2003. He has served as Mayor of Springdale since 1985.
Mr. Smith was born in Cairo, Georgia. He received his B.S. in Business
Administration from Newberry College and a Masters in Public Administration
from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Smith is the Agency Director
of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School and a member of numerous boards
and commissions. He is a member of the Central Midlands Council of Governments
and the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority. Mr. Smith is one
of three board members appointed to the South Carolina Association of
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
Paul E. Taylor
Paul E. Taylor has has represented Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District on the Commission since September 1994.
Mr. Taylor is a longtime Gilbert resident. He graduated from North Carolina
State University with an Associate degree in Agriculture. Mr. Taylor retired
from Lucent Technology after 38 years. Since August 1984 he has served on the
Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District. He has been chairman of the Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District since August 1998.
Jerry McCormick, Mayor of South Congaree Jerry McCormick has represented the Town of South Congaree on the Commission since July 2012. Mr. McCormick was elected Mayor of South Congaree in April 2012. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. McCormick served on South Congaree Town Council since April 2010.
Mr. McCormick was born in Conway, South Carolina. He has lived in South Congaree since 1974. Mr. McCormick received an Associate of Arts from Columbia Commercial College in Data Processing. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Mr. McCormick retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health with 32 years of service in computer programming & system analysts. Additionally, he previously served on Congaree Elementary School PTA, South Congaree Election Commission, and South Congaree Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. McCormick is current Chairman of South Congaree's Finance Committee. Mr. McCormick and his wife Gail are members of the Congaree Baptist Church. Mr. McCormick and his wife have three children and five grandchildren.