A new face has been added to the Tega Cay City Council.
Jennifer Stalford was sworn in at a special Council meeting Thursday night. A longtime volunteer on the city’s committees, Stalford was elected to the seat vacated by former Councilman Stephen Perkins. Two incumbents were also sworn in Thursday – Mayor George Sheppard and Councilwoman Dottie Hersey. Both were re-elected in contested races last November.
Sheppard and the other Council members recognized Perkins for his years of service.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the city of Tega Cay,” Perkins said.
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Perkins said the Council worked hard during the past four years to ensure the city, which once had to rely on annual bridge loans to balance its books, is financially strong.
“I feel very good about where we are as I’m leaving,” he said. “I look forward to being a private citizen.”
Perkins congratulated Stalford on her seat.
“I know you’re going to do a great job,” he said.
Stalford, who the Council also voted mayor pro tempore, said she is excited for the opportunity.
“I have a great duty I need to fulfill,” she said.
Stalford said while her first few weeks will involve learning about the job, she said the Council plans to focus on issues ranging from problems with water service provider Utilities Inc., the local deer population, annexation and developing Catawba Park.
“I’m looking forward to working with a Council that works together to make Tega Cay a great place to live,” she said.
Hersey said she is keeping a watchful eye on the budget.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the good work the council has done,” she said. “We really pulled together for the good of the city.”
Hersey also said she hopes to improve fire service to the newer parts of Tega Cay and improve the city’s water service.
“Tega Cay is a beautiful city and I want to keep it beautiful,” she said.
Beatification of the city is also on Sheppard’s list for the new term. Sheppard said the Council will continue efforts to get Catawba Park off the drawing board and bring more recreation options to the city’s residents.
“We need to make (the park) a reality,” Sheppard said.
The mayor said maintaining Tega Cay’s “smart growth” and keeping the city’s financial house in order are also top priorities.
“We are going to continue to move forward,” he said. “Tega Cay is a great place to call home.”