Elected Officials

 

Mayor William T. (Bill) Young, Jr.  

Current Term of Office: July 2009 - June 2017
Total Years Service: June 1989 - Present
Committees: Budget, Airport, and Tourism

William T. (Bill) Young, Jr. was sworn in as Mayor of Walterboro in July of 2009.

Beginning In 1989, Young was elected and re-elected by the people of Walterboro to represent them for five consecutive terms on City Council. 

In addition to serving three terms as Mayor Pro-tem , Young served as the City's budget chairman for sixteen years. Young currently represents the City of Walterboro on the Lowcountry Council of Governments where he sits on the Executive Board and serves as secretary. Young represents Colleton County on LCOG's Transportation Committee and serves as City Council's liaison to Friends of the Great Swamp Sanctuary Committee. He serves as a member of the Walterboro-Colleton Airport Commission where he is vice-chairman, the Walterboro Tourism Commission, the Colleton County Economic Alliance, and is a founding board member of The Colleton Center. 

Young has a BA degree from the University of SC and an M.Ed degree in administration and supervision from the Citadel. He is also a graduate of the SC Municipal Association's Institute of Government. 

Young grew up working in his family's grocery business. After graduating from college, he accepted a position as band director for the Walterboro Schools, a job he held for his entire career of 32 years. During his tenure as band director, Young's bands won 9 State Championships and 13 consecutive Lower State Championships. His bands also represented South Carolina in a Presidential Inaugural parade, The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The band performed for numerous gubernatorial inaugurals. Young was elected and served as president of the SC Band Directors Association and has been inducted into the SC Band Directors Hall of Fame and the SC Music Educators Hall of Fame. The band's field at Colleton County High School bears his name. Early in his career, Young was named the state's outstanding young educator by the SC Jaycees. In 2005, Young was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent in recognition of his dedication, commitment and leadership on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina.

Young retired from teaching in 2005 and has worked in real estate sales with Remax Southern since that time. He is a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he is an ordained Elder. His wife Janice is an early childhood teacher at the Education Center. They have four children and two grandchildren.

 

Robert "Bobby" Bonds   Bobby Bonds

Current Term of Office: July 2011 - June 2015
Total Years Service: July 2011 - Present
Committees:  Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) and Joint Railroad Right of Way

Mr. Bonds was born in Aiken.  He graduated from Hale High School in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982.  He attended the College of Charleston and then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a Political Science degree in 1986.  He graduated from Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, NC with a Juris Doctor degree in 1990.  He moved to Walterboro in August of 1990 where he began his legal career at the law firm of Bogoslow and Jones.  Mr. Bonds has continued to reside in Walterboro since 1990 and is presently a partner in the law firm of Hetrick, Harvin & Bonds.

Mr. Bonds is married to Harriett Ashby Bonds, who is also an attorney.  They have three children and are members of Bethel Methodist Church.  Mr. Bonds is a member of the Walterboro Rotary Club and in the past has served as a member of the Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and the Walterboro-Colleton Planning Commission.  In 2011, he was elected to the Walterboro City Council. 

 

Judy Bridge

Current Term of Office: Nov 2013 - June 2015                                 Ms. Judy Bridge
Total Years Service: Nov 2013 - Present
Committees: Tourism                                                       

Ms. Bridge is a lifelong resident of Walterboro.  She is married to Jack Bridge and they have two children:  Scott (Barbara) Bridge and Allyson (Kevin) Griffin, residents of Colleton County.  There are six grandchildren:  Carlyle, Matilyn, Owen, Lauren, Tommy, and Jacob.

She graduated from Walterboro High School, Winthrop University (with a BA degree in English and Sociology and later earned a BSW degree), and The Citadel with a MAT degree.  She retired from the Colleton County School District after a total of 38 years in the profession.

Ms. Bridge is an active member of First Baptist Church, Walterboro.  She serves as chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and is a member of the Celebration Choir, Handbell Ringers, and several study groups.  She also sings with the Voices of Colleton.  She is a member of the local CCHAPS, Friends of the Library, the Colleton Museum, and the Artisans Center.  She is past president of the Dogwood Hills Counctry Club.  Ms. Bridge is an avid supporter of school and community programs, in the areas of education, recreation, and the arts.  She served many years on the Municipal Planning Commission also.

She was elected in November 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Randy Peters, who passed away.

Why serve on City Council?  "I take ownership in this town; its environment, its culture, and especially its people.  I want to be a part of the decision-making process, and to protect and promote a life-style that is productive for the citizens."

 

James Broderick  

Current Term of Office: July 2013 - June 2017
Total Years Service: July 2013 - Present
Committees: Budget and City Appearance Board

Reason for serving on City Council? 

 

 

Tom Lohr    

Current Term of Office: July, 2009 – June, 2017
Total Years of Service: July 2009 - Present
Committees: Budget, Mayor Pro-Tem and Walterboro Youth Commission
Mr. Lohr is a native of North Carolina who has lived in Walterboro over 30 years. He retired as Associate Superintendent of Schools for Colleton County in 2001; he also served as a principal, as well as Interim Superintendent for the 1999 – 2000 school years. He is married to the former Patti Barr of Holly Hill and they have five children and nine grandchildren. Tom and Patti attend St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Walterboro.
     •  BA High Point University, High Point, N.C.
     •  M. Ed. University of North Carolina
     •  Post Graduate Work at University of North Carolina and University of South Carolina
     •  Instructional Leadership Award from Colleton County Schools; Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Education from Walterboro/Colleton County Chamber of Commerce
Reason for serving on Council? "My undergraduate major was History and Political Science; additionally, I felt that I owed some type of service to the community for the many kindnesses extended to me and to my family over the years."

 

Paul Siegel 

Current Term of Office: July 2011 - June 2015
Total Years Service: July 2011 - Present
Committee: N Lemacks Street Revitalization & Economic Development

Paul Siegel is a native of Walterboro and is a graduate of Walterboro High School, class of 1966. He is an attorney and has practiced continuously in Walterboro since 1977. Paul is married to Jayne Polk Siegel. He has three sons, Josh, Joseph, and Ben. He is President of Congregation Temple Mt. Sinai in Walterboro.

He received his BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1977. His office is at 111 Walter Street across from the Courthouse.

 His public service includes: 

  • Secretary 1977-1984 and Chairman 1984-1991,Colleton County Election Commission
  • County Attorney for Colleton County, South Carolina1991-2001
  • Board Member, Lowcountry Legal Assistance Project 1984-1999
  • Board Member, Public Defender Corporation 1978-1994
  • President, South Carolina Bnai Brith Association of South Carolina 1984
  • President, Colleton Disabilities Foundation 2002 to present
  • Trustee-Colleton County Medical Center 2001-2007
    • Ex-officio member 2007-2012
  • President, Colleton County Bar Association, 1998-2000
  • Board of Governors 1999-2002, S.C. Bar Association
  • Former Board Member of Chamber of Commerce, Colleton County Board of Realtors, Downtown Walterboro Development Corporation

Reason for serving on City Council? "For 90 years, my father and grandfather expressed their love for the city of Walterboro through public service. Their civic pride inspired me to commit my life, as well, to this community."

 

Jimmy Syfrett  Jimmy Syfrett

Current Term of Office: July 2013 - June 2017 
Total Years Service: July 2013 - Present
Committees: Budget and Fireman Insurance Fund

Jimmy was born and raised in Walterboro.  He graduated from Walterboro High School in 1981 and is married to Kaye Barwick Syfrett.  Jimmy and Kaye have one daughter, Hannah.

Jimmy is an active member at First Baptist Church where he is an ordained deacon and serves on several committees.

He served as chairman of Walterboro's Board of Zoning Appeals and served 16 years on the Walterboro Fire Department.  Jimmy shares his fire department history with his father, Ashton, who began with the Walterboro Fire Department in 1954 and served as Fire Chief from 1989 until 2001.  Jimmy's grandfather, Theo, was also a member of the Walterboro Fire Department from 1930 until 1970 and served as Fire Chief for 15 years.

Jimmy currently serves on the Colleton County Resource & Development Board.

His hobbies include being a private pilot and a photographer.  He also enjoys working outdoors and spending time with his family.

Reason for Serving on City Council?  "To be an active part of the positive changes that are taking place in our city and to be a voice on council for the citizens of Walterboro."

 

Email Council Members

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Mayor Bill Young

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Bobby Bonds

Judy Bridge

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James Broderick

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Tom Lohr

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Paul Siegel

Jimmy Syfrett

 

 

Official Election Results - November 21, 2013 

Unofficial Election Runoff Results - November 19, 2013

City Council Election Runoff - November 19, 2013

Unofficial Election Results - November 5, 2013

Election Commission Meeting - September 10, 2013

Election Commission Meeting - August 12, 2013