County Council

Regular Meetings

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
  • Council Chambers
  • Public hearings are held at 6 p.m.


  • M. Todd Cullum of Cayce, Chairman
  • Debra B. Summers of West Columbia, Vice Chair
  • Erin Long Bergeson of Chapin, Council Member
  • Paul Lawrence Brigham, Jr. of Leesville, Council Member
  • Darrell Hudson of Lexington, Council Member
  • Bobby C. Keisler of Lexington, Council Member
  • Ned Randall Tolar of West Columbia, Council Member
  • Scott Whetstone of Swansea, Council Member
  • Phillip Heyward Yarborough of Columbia, Council Member

Members of the various boards and commissions are chosen from the community. Chapin's representative on the Council is Erin Long Bergeson. Erin can be reached at 803-730-7254 or by email


In addition to functioning as the board of directors of Lexington County, County Council members also appoint the membership of eight special boards and have an influence on several other regional commissions. Boards for which council members are responsible include the:
  • Accommodations Tax Advisory Board
  • Assessment Appeals Board
  • Building Codes Board of Adjustment
  • Children's Shelter Board
  • Lexington County Health Services District Board
  • Lexington County Recreation Commission
  • Library Board
  • Museum Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
The Council also appoints:
  • 10 of the 37 members of the Central Midlands Regional Planning Council
  • 2 members of the 7-member Riverbanks Zoo Commission
  • 2 of the 18 members of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council
  • 3 members of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport's 27-member Noise Abatement Committee
  • 6 of the 12 members of the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council
  • 9 of the members of the Transportation Plan Advisory Commission
Visit their webpage for more information on Lexington County Council activities and meetings.