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Councilwoman Drakeford named chair of SLCOG board

Posted: June 14, 2015 1:28 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford has been named chair of the Santee-Lynches Council of Governments Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2016.

Mayor Tony Scully congratulated Drakeford during Camden City Council’s Tuesday, June 9 meeting.

“Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford has spent a generation focused on serving the whole community, and now how lucky we are that she’s been appointed Chair of the Santee-Lynch COG, which, after all, serves three counties in the Midlands,” Scully said. “Drakeford is a progressive, pragmatic leader and always has been.  She’s about moving forward.”

Drakeford, who was elected to Camden City Council in 2004, has served on the SLCOG for a number of years and in a variety of capacities. She has chaired the COG’s audit/finance committee and served on the executive committee and the board of directors.

Drakeford’s many other community leadership activities include serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Kershaw County IMPACT, Kershaw County Housing Partnership, United Way Allocation Committee, Advisory Board for Heritage Community Bank and member of the City of Camden Redevelopment Cooperation.  

She was named Kershaw County Humanitarian of the Year in 2005, a Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction in 2009, featured in Greater Columbia Business Monthly as a Woman of Influence in 2009, and was named a finalist as Woman of the Year for leadership on the national level sponsored by National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government in 2009.

 “I congratulate the newly appointed officers and I am very excited about working with them and our uniquely positioned professional organization to bring leaders together in the spirit of cooperation to further improve the quality of life for all citizens in our four county region,” SLCOG Executive Director Dr. Michael Mikota said.

The Santee-Lynches Council of Governments serves as a forum of governments, advocating a regional vision through identification of opportunities, effective courses of action, and appropriate resources essential to enable local governments to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties.

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