Employee survey criticizes county admin, council leadership

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Poor pay, misplaced priorities, and treating employees like second-class citizens led the list of grievances by Fairfield County workers, according to results from a recently conducted survey. Many were content with the nature of their job and living in Fairfield, but blamed the current council majority for low employee morale. “County Departments […]

Whitaker continues to refuse to release survey, audit results

After 4 Months, Whitaker says Attorney is Still Redacting Survey Results WINNSBORO – Four months after Human Resources Director Brad Caulder received the results of a county employee satisfaction survey, County Administrator Malik Whitaker continues to refuse to release the results. During county council’s meeting Monday night, Whitaker blamed the delay on what he claimed […]

Davenport leaving Fairfield for Richland

COLUMBIA – It was announced in The Voice last week that Fairfield Economic Director Ty Davenport had left Fairfield County. He has since been named Deputy Director of Economic Development for Richland County. Davenport was hired by Fairfield County in June, 2016, when the unemployment rate in the county was 14 percent and had been […]

Director of Economic Development Ty Davenport leaving County

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Director of Economic Development, Ty Davenport, has announced he will be leaving the county on May 25. Davenport is the eighth top county official to leave the county’s employ in the last year including the county administrator, assistant county administrator, attorney, clerk to council and several department heads.. Two more department […]

Fairfield County blanketed in snow

Fairfield County offices re-opening Oct. 5

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County offices will reopen to the public on Oct. 5. The government complex, has been closed to the public except by appointment since March 19. “To keep our customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that everyone wear a face mask while in the building and practice social […]

Fairfield seeks broadband expansion

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – With the announcement of $3.3 million in approved grant funding, Fairfield County is a step closer to its plan to extend broadband Internet service to rural residents. The funding approval announced Aug. 26 by the South Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Program will help local communications provider TruVista extend access to households in the […]

Johnson named Asst. Administrator

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County administration has announced two staff changes. Laura Johnson has been named Assistant County Administrator and Ann Bass has been named Comptroller for the county. “After careful consideration and a review of other qualified candidates, I am very pleased to announce Laura Johnson has been offered and has accepted the permanent position […]

County sues over failed roads, bridges

RIDGEWAY – As Fairfield County plans a major economic development investment by building a water and sewer plant, pending litigation has complicated another multi-million dollar infrastructure project. Fairfield County says an engineering firm and general contractor are responsible for the failure of several support walls at the Fairfield County Commerce Center in Ridgeway, according to […]

County revenue down, expenses up

WINNSBORO – After a year of robust industrial growth and budget surpluses, Fairfield County’s outlook is much more conservative in 2020-2021. Declining tax revenues partially tied to the transfer of lands associated with the collapse of SCE&G and the new arrangement between Dominion and Santee-Cooper, looks to pinch next year’s budget, which council members discussed […]