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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, a member of the School Improvement Councils (SIC) of Mauldin High and Mauldin Middle Schools, and a member of the advisory board of the Prisma Health Family Y. 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, as an assistant coach for Mauldin High School’s debate team, as 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 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.

Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds

Seat 4

Elected in November 2019

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

Bio coming soon.

Dale Black

Dale Black

Seat 5

Elected in January 2006

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

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.

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 two grandsons.

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
  • Dale Black
  • OPEN
Building Codes
  • Diane Kuzniar – Chair
  • Dale Black
  • Taft Matney
Public Works
  • OPEN – Chair
  • Michael Reynolds
  • Carol King
Recreation
  • Dale Black – Chair
  • Taft Matney
  • Michael Reynolds
Economic Planning and Development
  • Taft Matney – Chair
  • Diane Kuzniar
  • OPEN

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.

Please bring your appeals applications to the Business Development department at City Hall, 5 E. Butler Road, Mauldin, SC, 29662.

The City of Mauldin is currently accepting volunteer applications for an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Building & Zoning Board of Appeals. Those interested can fill out the application and email it to Mr. David Dyrhaug at DDyrhaug@MauldinCitySC.com. (Click here to download the application.)

The Building & 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.

This Board typically meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM 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.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Mr. Dyrhaug at the above e-mail address.

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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