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Richland County Council elects new leadership

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Jesica Makey (left) is Richland County Council's new vice chair, while Overture Walker (right) is the new council chair. (Photo/Provided)

Richland County Council has a new chair and vice chair. 

During its first meeting of 2022 on Tuesday, the council elected Councilman Overture Walker chair and Councilwoman Jesica Mackey vice chair. 

Walker represents District 8, which includes portions of Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, Northeast Richland, Lake Carolina and Long Creek. His 15-year career as a legal professional has included terms as a municipal court judge, city prosecutor and assistant city attorney for the city of Columbia, and assistant public defender for Richland County. A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Walker is the founder of Stoney & Walker LLC, which has law offices in Columbia and Charleston. 

Mackey, a senior project advisor with NP Strategy, represents District 9, which includes portions of Northeast Richland and the Pontiac community.

Both Walker and Mackey are entering the second year of their initial four-year council terms. The chair and vice chair of the 11-member council each serve one-year terms.

“I’d like to just thank Council for their vote of confidence and support. I am honored and humbled by your decision,” Walker said in a news release from the county. “I understand the gravity and importance of the chair’s role, and I look forward to working closely with every member of this distinguished body as we set priorities together for county government and build on our successes from 2021.” 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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