Twenty-seven municipal and county officials graduated from the SC Business Licensing Officials Association Training Institute at the spring meeting. The institute is designed to improve the professional and administrative skills of business licensing officials. The three sessions officials need to complete the training institute include topics on general licensing, problem areas and personal development. The spring session topics included income verification, audits, the SC Freedom of Information Act and developing employees' natural talents. The graduates will receive the Accreditation in Business Licensing designation, upon passing an exam.
The 27 graduates are Kara Belden, customer service representative, Charleston County; Melissa Brown, collections analyst, Municipal Association of SC; Rebeca Brunson, administrative assistant, Town of Saluda; Olga Bryant, finance/business license clerk, City of Walterboro; Maria Bush, city clerk assistant, City of New Ellenton; Melissa Cowan, municipal clerk, Town of Blythewood; JoJo Crumley, clerk of court, Town of Jackson; Jarrett Epperson, code enforcement, City of Cayce; Susan Gainey, collections analyst, Municipal Association of SC; Sherry Griggs, fire administrative assistant, City of Hartsville; Richard Hall, community development director, Orangeburg County; Doris Hamilton, clerk/treasurer, Town of Gray Court; Lindsey Haring, fee and license representative, City of Myrtle Beach; Gail Harrell, accounts receivable/administrative assistant, City of Chester; Mandy Hess, clerk/treasurer, Town of Saluda; Jennifer Hoyt, municipal clerk, Town of Gaston; LaTeal Johnson, customer service representative, City of West Columbia; Joy Krutek, business license administrator, Dorchester County; Scott Lang, business license director, City of Easley; Samantha Martin, assistant clerk, Town of St. George; Lindsey Newton, administrative assistant, City of Clemson; Carli Padgett, finance manager, City of North Augusta; Diane Quattlebaum, assistant clerk, Town of Harleyville; Vi Racine, business license official, Town of Irmo; Matthew Thomas, Open for Business program coordinator, City of Rock Hill; Susan Weil, business license official, City of Fountain Inn; Peter Wiggins, revenue collections manager – setoff debt, Charleston County.