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Taft Matney

Taft Matney

Seat 1

Elected in November 2013

Committees: Recreation, Planning & Economic Development (Chair), Public Safety

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.

Currently, Taft serves as a board member of the YMCA’s Youth In Government (YIG) / Teen Services Branch and is the board’s immediate past chair. Previously, Taft was a board member of the YMCA of Greenville, volunteered as an assistant coach for Mauldin High School’s debate team, a member of Easter Seals of Greenville, and served on several committees at Mauldin Methodist including co-chairing the church’s Preschool & Kindergarten departments. He was a member of the Advisory Council of 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.

Carol King

Carol King

Seat 2

Elected in November 2015

Committees: Finance & Policy (Chair), Building Codes, Recreation

Carol King is a Senior Accounting Manager and an 18-year resident of Mauldin. 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 for 25 years of service. She then joined Cox, Cauley and Richardson, CPA’s in August 2012 as a Senior Accounting Manager.

Carol is very involved in her community, serving on the Knollwood HOA steering committee, as President and Treasurer of Knollwood Heights Community Pool, and is an active member of the Mauldin United Methodist Church.

Carol is married with two sons, Avery and Brady.  Their oldest son is a graduate of Mauldin High School and currently attends USC Upstate. Their youngest son is a student at Mauldin High School.

Terry Merritt

Terry Merritt

Seat 3

Elected in January 2015

Committees: Planning & Economic Development, Recreation (Chair), Finance & Policy

Terry Merritt is a native of the great state of South Carolina and has been a full-time resident of Mauldin since 1976.  He has been married for more than 40 years to Dianne Roberts Merritt and has three children — Terri Lynn, Stephen, and Jeffery — all graduates of Mauldin High School. Terry is also the proud grandfather of six grandchildren.

Terry graduated in 1982 from Furman University.  He is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force (Vietnam War) and is currently retired after 30 years as an IT professional. Terry is a member of Mauldin First Baptist Church where he serves as a Sunday School Teacher.

He is a strong proponent of private enterprise and enjoys serving the citizens of Mauldin.

Scott Crosby

Scott Crosby

Seat 4

Elected in January 2012

Committees: Planning & Economic Development, Public Safety (Chair), Public Works

Scott Crosby began his first term in January 2012. His election culminates an interest in American politics that began when he was just ten years old.

A resident of Mauldin since 1994 and the Greenville area since 1978, Scott makes his living as a systems analyst. He is a 1974 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a dual Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Scott and his wife Rhoda were married Thanksgiving Day, 2002. They enjoy ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and flying in their Cessna; Scott has had his pilot’s license since 1986.

His interest in planning and finance reflects his desire to help build Mauldin as a community with a responsible, affordable government, where a family can live, work, shop, and play in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.

Dale Black

Dale Black

Seat 5

Elected in January 2006

Committees: Finance & Policy, Public Works, Business & Development Services (Chair)

Dale Black was first elected to Mauldin City Council in 1989 and then, after a brief departure, again in January 2006. Black is a Danville, Illinois native but has called Mauldin home since the early 1970’s and attended both Parker High School and Greenville Technical College. He retired in 2000 from Southern Bell Telecommunications, AT&T and Lucent after 36 years of service.

Dale sees the value in making time-invested choices for the City of Mauldin. Only after researching and “getting the facts” on a subject will he cast his vote. He enjoys serving the people of Mauldin and strives “to make good, honest decisions in every vote.” He says he serves on Mauldin City Council to “have a voice in the direction that our good city is heading.”

Dale is a member of Mauldin First Baptist Church and a member of Wade Hampton #404 Masonic Lodge. He has been married to Judy Black since 1966 and together they have two daughters, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Larry Goodson

Larry Goodson

Seat 6

Elected in January 2012

Committees: Public Works (Chair), Public Safety, Business & Development Services

Larry Goodson’s bio is coming soon!

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 Committee
  • Carol King – Chair
  • Terry Merritt
  • Dale Black
Public Safety
  • Scott Crosby – Chair
  • Taft Matney
  • Larry Goodson
Business & Development Services
  • Dale Black – Chair
  • Carol King
  • Larry Goodson
Public Works
  • Larry Goodson – Chair
  • Scott Crosby
  • Dale Black
Recreation
  • Terry Merritt – Chair
  • Taft Matney
  • Carol King
Economic Development
  • Taft Matney – Chair
  • Terry Merritt
  • Scott Crosby

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Building & Zoning Board of Appeals

The Building and Zoning Board of Appeals hears requests for appeals, special exceptions, and variances on issues pertaining to the City’s zoning ordinance. 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.

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.

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.

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