City Council

Walterboro City Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:15 P.M. in the City Council Chambers located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 242 Hampton Street. Any changes in meeting schedules are advertised in advance.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

  • James Broderick

    Term:
    July, 2013 to January, 2018
    Committees:
    • Budget
    • City Appearance Board
    Public Service Since: July, 2013

    Mr. Broderick was born in Columbus, Indiana.  He spent most of his childhood there.  He graduated from West Genesee High School in Syracuse, New York in 1981.  He entered the United States Air Force in 1982 where he served for 9 years during the Gulf War.  While serving he attended Troy State University, during his off duty time, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree (B.A.S.) in Resources Management and a master’s degree (M.S.) in Management.  After serving overseas he was assigned to Charleston Air Force Base.  He then attended the Citadel where he earned a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in School Counseling and later a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration.  He has been employed in public education for over 14 years and is currently the Assistant Director of the Dorchester County Career and Technology Center.    He has held positions in sales, banking, social work, and alcohol and drug counseling.  He is an active member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and serves on many committees and events within the Walterboro community.  He is a board member for the South Carolina AdvancED Advisory Council, which is the accreditation body for public and private schools.  Mr. Broderick is married to Becky Smoak Broderick, who is employed as a 7th grade English teacher at Colleton County Middle School, and they reside in Woodland Terrace, in Walterboro with their three sons Jack, Hudson and James.

    Reason for serving on council:  To use my many years of experience, in different fields, to serve the citizens of Walterboro and make our city the best it can be.

  • Jimmy Syfrett

    Term:
    July, 2013 to January, 2018
    Committees:
    • Budget
    • Fireman Insurance Fund
    Public Service Since: July, 2013

    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."

  • Judy Bridge

    Term:
    January, 2016 to January, 2020
    Committees:
    • Tourism
    Public Service Since: November, 2013

    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."

  • Paul Siegel

    Term:
    January, 2016 to January, 2020
    Committees:
    • N Lemacks Street Revitalization
    • Economic Development
    Public Service Since: July, 2011

    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."

  • Robert "Bobby" Bonds

    Term:
    January, 2016 to January, 2020
    Committees:
    • Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG)
    • Joint Railroad Right of Way
    Public Service Since: July, 2011

    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. 

  • Tom Lohr

    Term:
    July, 2013 to January, 2018
    Committees:
    • Budget
    • Mayor Pro-Tem
    • Walterboro Youth Commission
    Public Service Since: July, 2009

    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."