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. He was elected Chairman in January 2018. 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 seventeen years (Jamie) and has three daughters. Steve is a graduate of Lexington High School as well as the University of South Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. 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.

Mr. MacDougall is currently the Vice Chairman of the Central Midlands Council of Governments and is a member of the Planning and Development Advisory, Transportation and Executive committees. He serves on the board of directors for the Municipal Association of SC and is President of its affiliate organization, the SC Association of Mayors and is President of the Saxe Gotha-Lexington Public Facilities Corporation. Additionally, he has been named to Columbia Business Monthly 50 Most Influential People. 

Town of Lexington 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


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


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


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


Bobby Porter, Town of South Congaree

Bobby L. Porter has represented the Town of South Congaree on the Commission since November 2020. He has served on South Congaree Town Council since 2017.

Mr. Porter is a cum laude graduate of Campbell University and has an MBA from East Carolina University. He has been owner of Premier One Construction for 15 years and owner of Porter- Bell Development for 10 years. Mr. Porter is a licensed unlimited general contractor in both South Carolina and North Carolina.  He has been married to Dr. Jennifer Porter for 16 years.

Mr. Porter has been a resident of South Congaree for the past 16 years and is a member of Southside Baptist Church and the Baptist Men’s Association. Additionally, Mr. Porter has been a youth mentor for the YMCA for 14 years.

Town of South Congaree Website


Jerald Sanders, Mayor of Swansea

Jerald Sanders has represented the Town of Swansea on the Commission since February 2018. He has served as Mayor of Swansea since November 2017. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Sanders served on Swansea Town Council since 2009.

Mr. Sanders was born in Dayton, Ohio and has lived in Swansea since 1982. He is a graduate of Allen University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling from South University. Mr. Sanders is a candidate for a Doctoral Degree of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout this time, he has served on many boards and commissions, locally and statewide.

Mr. Sanders has committed over 15 years of service to the Commission on Aging, planning numerous events and programs throughout Lexington County to assist the elderly. He has been a pastor for over 33 years and is currently Senior Pastor at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in North, SC. Pastor Sanders and his wife, Verdia Reed Sanders have three children and nine grandchildren.

Town of Swansea Website


Lancer Shull, Mayor Town of Batesburg-Leesville

Lancer Shull has represented the Town of Batesburg-Leesville since January 2018. He was elected Mayor in November 2017. Prior to being elected Mayor, Mr. Shull served as the Secretary for Lexington County School District 3 Board of Trustees from 2015 until 2017. 

Mr. Shull is also very active in the community and has held a number of positions of trust including Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce Chairman, President of Batesburg-Leesville Rotary Club, and member of the Lexington County Accommodations Committee. In addition, Mayor Shull is a husband and father, committed to managing growth, protecting our history, improving infrastructure, enhancing quality of life, and ensuring transparency in government.

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Website


Frank Shumpert, Mayor of Town of Pelion

Frank Shumpert has represented the Town of Pelion on the Commission since November 2017. He has served as Mayor of Pelion since November 2017. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Shumpert served on Pelion Town Council from 1989-1999. Additionally, he served on the Lexington District One School Board from 1999-2012.

Mr. Shumpert was born in Pelion and is a graduate of Newberry College. He is owner of Shumpert’s IGA Grocery Store which is the oldest family owned business in Lexington County. In 2011, Mr. Shumpert was named 2011 USA International IGA Retailer of the Year.

He was also President of the SC Petroleum Marketers Association in 2010. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for over 35 years and are members of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Shumpert have 4 children and 1 grandchild.

Town of Pelion Website