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Carruth sworn in as Camden municipal judge

Posted: July 2, 2015 8:47 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Camden Mayor Tony Scully (center) administers the oath of office to new Camden Municipal Judge Clay Carruth as Carruth’s wife, Anne, holds a Bible. The ceremony took place June 29 at Camden City Hall.

With one hand on a Bible held by his wife and family and friends looking on, Clay Carruth officially took the oath of office as the city of Camden’s newest municipal judge during a swearing-in ceremony June 30 in Camden City Hall.

Camden Mayor Tony Scully administered the oath to Carruth. Carruth replaces Bill Funderburk, who was sworn in Monday as the state’s newest administrative law court judge (see accompanying story).

“Clay Carruth is a fine gentleman with a great appreciation for language and the nuances of communication,” Scully said. “He is a kind man, a careful scholar of the law, and a person who has always served the larger community as a veteran, as an attorney, as a father and husband. We are lucky to have him as a municipal judge here.” 

Carruth thanked the mayor and the city for the opportunity to serve as a judge and pledged his best effort and deepest attention to the job.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity with such high caliber people,” he said. “This is a great honor and I will not disappoint you.”

Chief Municipal Judge Rick Todd said he believed the city had made a great selection in Carruth.

“Clay will do an outstanding job,” Todd said. “The city will benefit from his years of experience and we look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”

Carruth brings many years of legal experience to the position. A 1980 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Carruth has worked with the S.C. Attorney General’s Office both as a staff attorney and assistant attorney general, for the Public Service Commission and with the S.C. Senate Medical Affairs Committee as an attorney and director of research since 1990.

He was elected to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina in 1998 and was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Carruth has also served with such civic organizations as the Southern Legislative Conference Energy and Environment Committee, the Buckley School of Public Speaking Forensic Society, and Federalist Society.

Carruth is married to Anne West Carruth; they have three children, Herbert Clay Carruth III, George West Carruth, and Carl West Carruth.

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