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Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting


Streaming Sessions

Annual Business Meeting


Mayor Cornelius Huff, City of Inman

Kathy Pender, Councilmember, City of Rock Hill

Todd Glover, Executive Director, Municipal Association of South Carolina

Join Municipal Association of SC President Cornelius Huff, mayor of Inman, as he conducts the annual business meeting virtually and discusses the\n Association's work with Executive Director Todd Glover.


South Carolina and COVID-19: Response and Recovery


Speaker: Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Moderator: Dr. Shaniece Criss, Councilmember, City of Travelers Rest and Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Furman University

Government at all levels in South Carolina continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 while they try to get the state back to normal. Learn more about the state's response to the pandemic, what to expect in the coming months and how local government can help lead the way to recovery.


Leadership in Difficult Times

Mayor Lovith Anderson, City of Lake City

Mayor Stephen Wukela, City of Florence

The global pandemic, economic uncertainty and the long-overdue discussion about race in our country have all come together to challenge local elected officials' leadership skills. Hear from two mayors as they share their approaches to leading their communities through these difficult times and what you can do to lead yours.

South Carolina's Economic Outlook Now and Beyond 


Presentation slides: Preliminary Economic Outlook Amid COVID-19

Frank Rainwater, Executive Director, SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

Moderator: Mayor Rick Osbon, City of Aiken

South Carolina's economy has suffered major damage as a result of the pandemic, affecting municipal budgets through at least 2021. Frank Rainwater will discuss the health of the state's economy and what we might expect going into next year.


Voting in a Pandemic: The Challenge That COVID-19 Poses To Elections in SC


Speaker: Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information and Training, SC State Election Commission

Moderator: Mayor Rick Osbon, City of Aiken

Voters standing in line close to each other, handling ballots and using touch screens are a traditional scene at polling places across the state and the nation. In a pandemic, however, large gatherings and shared equipment pose public health challenges. Hear from the SC State Election Commission about strategies for mitigating the spread of novel coronavirus during the upcoming November election and lessons learned during the June primaries.

The CARES Act Explained


Speaker: Brian Gaines, Division Director, Executive Budget Office, SC Department of Admininstration

Moderator: Todd Glover, Executive Director, Municipal Association of SC

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act sent $1.9 billion in relief funding to South Carolina. Gov. McMaster's accelerateSC task force made recommendations for how those funds should be spent and the General Assembly will finalize the spending priorities in late June. This session will discuss the details of how the funds will be used and what cities and towns can expect to receive from the CARES Act.


Hygiene, Documentation and PPE for Law Enforcement


Jack Ryan, Co-Director, Captain (Ret.) Providence, RI Police Department and Attorney, Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute

Protecting law enforcement officers from the spread of COVID-19 is a priority. Jack Ryan will discuss the appropriate use of personal protective equipment, decontamination, disinfection tips and changes to operational processes in response to a pandemic.

HIPAA and Sharing Medical Information with Law Enforcement


Jack Ryan, Co-Director, Captain (Ret.) Providence, RI Police Department and Attorney, Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient's consent or knowledge. This session will help officials gain a better understanding of the public safety exceptions of HIPAA and what information can be disclosed to first responders and other officials related to COVID-19. 

The Death of George Floyd and the Relationship of Proper Law Enforcement Policy, Practices, Training and Legal Mandates


Jack Ryan, Co-Director, Captain (Ret.) Providence, RI Police Department and Attorney, Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute

As the world has watched violent protests in Minneapolis and other cities around the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, it is important to recognize that the law enforcement community has voiced extreme criticism over the actions of the Minneapolis officers. Jack Ryan will discuss care, custody, control and restraint of prisoners in the backdrop of the information available in the case.

The Importance of Business License Standardization


Charlie Barrineau, Field Services Manager, Municipal Association of SC

Jeff Shacker, Field Services Manager, Municipal Association of SC

Businesses that operate in multiple cities and towns have a sometimes frustrating task of trying to comply with many different business licensing procedures. As a result of this frustration, legislation standardizing business licensing procedures is pending in the General Assembly. Hear why business license standardization is important and what elected officials can do now to make doing business easier in their cities and towns.

Federal Legislative Update

Kathy Maness, Councilmember, Town of Lexington and First Vice President,
National League of Cities

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
Irma Esparza Diggs, Senior Executive and Director, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities

The federal response to COVID-19 sent billions of dollars to state and local governments, starting with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. However, local governments need more federal assistance. Get updates on the latest proposals from Congress to assist cities and towns recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Municipal Achievement Awards Winners

Population 1 – 1,000: Town of Edisto Beach


Population 1,001 – 5,000: Town of Seabrook Island


Population 5,001 – 10,000: City of Walterboro


Population 10,001 – 20,000: Town of Lexington


Communications: City of Greer


Economic Development: City of West Columbia


Public Safety: City of Columbia


Public Service: City of Rock Hill


Public Works: City of Camden





Main Street SC Inspiration Awards Winners

  • Excellence on Main Street Award: Downtown Sumter
  • Master Merchant: Jennifer Casselman, Main Street Manning
  • Gaines Jontz Rehabilitation: Downtown Sumter
  • Outstanding Partnership: Main Street Kingstree


Speaker Profiles

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities

Clarence E. Anthony is CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities, the largest and oldest organization representing America's cities and their leaders. Under his leadership, NLC has advanced policies that expand local control and provide direct funding for local programs related to public safety, infrastructure, transportation and sustainability. 

Anthony began his career in public service as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the NLC, respectively.

Anthony also served as first vice president of International Union of Local Authorities and as founding treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments, the international voice for local governments, for four years. Most recently, he served as the interim manager for UCLG. 

Prior to his appointment as CEO and executive director of NLC, Anthony served as president of Anthony Government Solutions, a consulting firm focused on providing solutions to government and private sector organizations on issues affecting the community, strategic visioning, policy development, business development and management restructuring.

He holds a Master of Public Administration with specialization in city growth management policy from Florida Atlantic University.

Frank Rainwater, Executive Director, SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

Frank Rainwater was appointed executive director of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office beginning with the agency's inception on July 1, 2014.  His career covers a diverse field of economic and legal experience.  

Before his appointment, Rainwater served as chief economist and assistant general counsel to the South Carolina Budget & Control Board where he provided economic and revenue forecasts, fiscal analysis of tax law changes, and legal advice to board programs. He previously served as deputy state treasurer and general counsel where he focused primarily on financial and management issues for the state and its agencies. Through this position, he also provided assistance to the State Board of Financial Institutions, county treasurers, and the state student loan program.  Rainwater also served as deputy chief of staff and assistant legal counsel in the Governor's Office for state budget and policy matters. His other experience includes serving as a vice president at Denmark Technical College and assistant director of the Office of State Budget.  Rainwater began his career by working as a research analyst for the South Carolina General Assembly for the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees, the SC Tax Commission and the SC Board of Economic Advisors. 

Rainwater is a native of Columbia and graduate of Lower Richland High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Clemson University, Master of Arts in economics from the University of South Carolina and Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Jack Ryan, Co-Director, Captain (Ret.) Providence, RI Police Department and Attorney, Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute

John "Jack" Ryan, co-director for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute, is an attorney in Rhode Island and received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. 

Ryan has 20 years police experience with the Providence, RI Police Department, where he retired as captain in 2002. In his last assignment, he was responsible for the department's research and policy as well as took an active role in training. In addition to his career as a police officer, he was an adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal procedure, constitutional law, police misconduct and contemporary issues in the justice system. 

He has written two books for Rhode Island law enforcement officers on the legal issues surrounding the internal affairs process and has been retained in several cases as an expert witness since his retirement. He has lectured on police misconduct and liability issues for law enforcement in a number of different forums. Ryan's law degree and experience as a police officer give him the unique perspective of the legal and liability issues facing law enforcement officers and agencies.

Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information and Training, SC Election Commission

Chris Whitmire is the director of public information at the SC Election Commission, where he has been on staff since 2005. His duties include serving as the agency spokesperson, developing voter education and outreach initiatives as well as developing both voter registration and election policy and procedures.  

Whitmire holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina.  He is a member of the South Carolina Society of Certified Public Managers and is currently enrolled in the Certified Election/Registration Administrator Program through the Election Center and Auburn University.

Before working in elections, Whitmire worked as a radio news reporter, anchor and talk show producer.  He is originally from Greenville and currently resides in West Columbia.