Berkeley residents vote to keep current form of government

Johnny Cribb will takeover as Berkeley County supervisor in January.

By an overwhelming majority vote, Berkeley County residents made it known Tuesday that they want to keep their current council-supervisor form of government, the minority form across South Carolina.

It was the first time since 2008 residents had been asked at the polls to consider the change.

In unofficial results, 46.7 percent of voters said they wanted the change, but 53.3 percent voted against it.

Voters were also asked a second question, about adding a ninth council member to the eight-member governing body, that would only go into effect if the first question passed in favor of the government change. The vote favoring that question was 62.3 percent; 37.7 percent voted ‘no.’

Elected by voters at large, the county supervisor serves a two- or four-year term, but is not allowed a regular vote on council to pass legislation, unless needed to break a tie vote, according to state law.

Voters turned down switching to a council-administrator form of government. Both Summerville and Dorchester County operate that form.

In January, former Hanahan city administrator Johnny Cribb will take over the supervisor role. He defeated current Supervisor Bill Peagler in June’s GOP primary race.

The county will certify results 10 a.m. Friday at the Voter Registration Office in Moncks Corner.