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Taft Matney

Taft Matney

Seat 1

Elected in November 2013

Committees: Economic Planning and Development (Chair), Building Codes, Recreation

Taft Matney is a public relations and governmental affairs consultant who moved to Mauldin in 1973. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in government and business from the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Taft is an usher captain at Mauldin United Methodist Church and a member of the School Improvement Councils (SIC) of Mauldin High and Mauldin Middle Schools. If you attend a sporting event at Mauldin High School’s Freeman Field, you’ll hear him over the public address system where he is the PA announcer for varsity football and varsity boys’ lacrosse.
He has also served as a board member and past board chair for the Youth In Government / Teen Services branch of the YMCA of Greenville, a member of the advisory board of the Prisma Health Family Y, an assistant coach for Mauldin High School’s debate team, a board member of Easter Seals of Greenville, and several committees at Mauldin Methodist including co-chairing the church’s Preschool & Kindergarten. He was a member of the Advisory Council of Prisma Health (formerly the Greenville Health System) and Memorial Medical Campus and the Government Task Force of Greenville Forward.
Taft served on the City Center, Economic Development, and Cultural Resources subcommittee for the City of Mauldin’s Comprehensive Plan in June 2008 and on the City’s Main Street Steering Committee in early July of that year.

Taft is married and has one son.

Carol King

Carol King

Seat 2

Elected in November 2015

Committees: Public Safety (Chair), Finance & Policy, Public Works

Carol King moved to Mauldin in 1998. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from the University of South Carolina. Carol went on to work for the South Carolina Department of Revenue where she dedicated 25 years of service. She then joined Cox, Cauley & Richardson, LLC in August 2012 as a Senior Accounting Manager. Carol currently works as a Tax Manager with Greene Finney Cauley LLP (formerly Cox, Cauley & Richardson/Greene Finney).

Carol is involved in her community, serving on the Knollwood HOA steering committee, as Treasurer of Knollwood Heights Community Pool and is an active member of the Mauldin United Methodist Church. Additionally, Carol serves on the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School Improvement Council (SIC) and on the Mauldin Cultural Council Board as Treasurer.

Carol is married and has two sons. When not working or volunteering, Carol enjoys spending time with her family, reading and outdoor activities.

Jason Kraeling

Jason Kraeling

Seat 3

Elected in July 2020

Committees: Public Works, Economic Planning & Development, Public Safety

Bio coming soon.

Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds

Seat 4

Elected in November 2019

Committees: Finance & Policy (Chair), Public Works, Recreation

Michael Reynolds is committed to facing challenges with the help of the community, including smart commercial and residential growth and infrastructure improvements. Reynolds is an experienced public servant proud to represent Mauldin where he and his family live.

Frank Allgood

Frank Allgood

Seat 5

Elected in November 2021

Committees: Recreation (Chair), Public Safety, Building Codes

Frank Allgood has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic marketing and communications professional. As Vice President of Relationship Development, he currently serves clients across the country that seek innovation, relevancy, and growth. A son of two educators, Frank was born and raised in Mauldin. He and his wife Jeneane – also an educator – have two children, Thomas and Penelope.

The Allgood family are supporters and volunteers of the Mauldin High School band, color guard and swim team, as well as the KWPR Barracudas as part of SAIL (Swim Association Invitational League). Frank serves as a non-voting member of the School Improvement Council at Mauldin High School. As active parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Frank serves as interim athletic director and as a youth basketball coach. One of Frank’s favorite spots is exploring the trails of nearby Conestee Nature Preserve with the family dog, Charlie.

A Mauldin Maverick graduate, Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he earned the Earl Gordon Medal for University Service.

Diane Kuzniar

Diane Kuzniar

Seat 6

Elected in November 2019

Committees: Building Codes (Chair), Finance & Policy, Economic Development

Diane Kuzniar moved to Mauldin from Irving, Texas in 1994. After working in various fields, she decided to pursue her passion for the law and earned her degree in paralegal studies. She has worked for personal injury firms on both sides (Defense and currently Plaintiff’s work).

Diane and her husband, Randy, lived in Munich, Germany for four years. Through that experience, she hopes to bring ideas for a better quality of life with beautiful surroundings.

She is a forward thinker with creative ideas. Diane has a positive attitude and believes all avenues should be explored before accepting that something cannot be done. She believes that by working with the city and its citizens, together we can build a better Mauldin and bring it into the future.

Diane and Randy are members of Fellowship Greenville. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

COMMITTEES

Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of the month beginning at 6 pm. However, committee meetings are held as needed, and not all committees meet every month. All meeting minutes and agendas are made available online.

Finance and Policy
  • Michael Reynolds – Chair
  • Carol King
  • Diane Kuzniar
Public Safety
  • Carol King – Chair
  • Frank Allgood
  • Jason Kraeling
Building Codes
  • Diane Kuzniar – Chair
  • Frank Allgood
  • Taft Matney
Public Works
  • Jason Kraeling – Chair
  • Michael Reynolds
  • Carol King
Recreation
  • Frank Allgood – Chair
  • Taft Matney
  • Michael Reynolds
Economic Planning and Development
  • Taft Matney – Chair
  • Diane Kuzniar
  • Jason Kraeling

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Building & Zoning Board of Appeals

The Building and Zoning Board of Appeals is a critical branch of City government, possessing the authority to hear and decide appeals for variance from the requirements of the zoning ordinance, decisions of the zoning administrator, or issues of special exception.

The board consists of seven members that are nominated and appointed by Mauldin City Council. The term length is three years and the term will expire on July 1 of the third year. There are no term limits for the Building and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Board typically meets in the evening as needed when an application has been received for their review.  The frequency at which they meet can vary from meeting in consecutive months to going several months without meeting.

The City of Mauldin is accepting applications for appointment to the Board of Appeals.  If you are interested, please fill out this application and send it to Ms. Cindy Miller at CMiller@mauldincitysc.com.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Mr. David Dyrhaug at DDyrhaug@mauldincitysc.com.

Election Commission

The responsibility of the Municipal Election Commission is certifying municipal election results after each regular election every two years and after any special or runoff election. The commission term is four years and some online training is required.

The City of Mauldin is seeking Mauldin Residents to fill three vacancies on its Election Commission. 

The three-member Election Commission is an appointed body by City Council that calls for run-off or special elections and certifies election results. Applicants must be Mauldin residents and registered voters. Participation on the Election requires being present at the Voter Registration Office in Greenville County Square at least one time after every municipal election, for approximately one hour.

Applications from Mauldin residents will be accepted until vacancies are filled by City Council. Completed applications can either be hand delivered to City Hall at 5 East Butler Road or emailed to: Mauldin City Clerk, Cindy Miller at cmiller@mauldincitysc.com.

Mauldin Cultural Council

The Mauldin Cultural Council was founded in 2004. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to “…enhance the quality of life in Mauldin through the arts.”  The Mauldin Cultural Council assists the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs in support of continuing to develop the Mauldin Cultural Center and other cultural initiatives throughout the community.

Planning Commission

The City of Mauldin’s Planning Commission is responsible for the development and redevelopment of the City. The Planning Commission develops and executes a continuing planning program for the social, physical, and economic growth of the City. Other duties include monitoring and updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

The commission consists of seven members who are nominated by City Council. To be eligible, one must be a Mauldin resident and can not serve more than six consecutive years. The term of office is three years and expires on July 1 of the third year.

The Planning Commission typically meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM.

The City of Mauldin is accepting applications for appointment to the Planning Commission.  If you are interested, please fill out this application and send it to Ms. Cindy Miller at CMiller@MauldinCitySC.com.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Mr. David Dyrhaug at DDyrhaug@MauldinCitySC.com.

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