Name: Joy Logan
Political party: Republican
Years living in area: 56
Family: Samuel Smith, husband (deceased March 2010); three grown children
Education: Degree in business science and many banking and finance educational programs, mostly in the area of operations
Current occupation: Beaufort County treasurer since 1991
Previous employment: Comptroller/assistant treasurer, MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union; operations with First Carolina Bank; corporate treasurer, First Federal of Beaufort and Palmetto Federal l of South Carolina; self-employed as business consultant
Military history: None
Volunteer history: Many years with Beaufort County Water Festival Pirettes
Public elected offices: No other public offices
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: None
Other political and government experience: None
Awards: Marine Corps Appreciation Award; Beaufort County Water Festival Pirettes Volunteer Award for four years; Gullah Certificate of Appreciation; SCACEE Board of Directors Award of Excellence in Government Service; the Lt. Governor's Award for Outstanding Service to Beaufort County and its residents during 20 years as county treasurer; the Palmetto Patriot award; and the Governor's Certificate of Appreciation for extraordinary vision, leadership and hard work over the years as Beaufort County Treasurer.
Endorsements: None listed
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: $83,073 salary as county treasurer.
1. Why should people vote for you?
My 20 years of experience as county treasurer.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
Maintain the vote for the Office of County Treasurer as opposed to a supervisory form of government, which would give the taxpayers NO vote for who they want in the position of treasurer and auditor. These two offices would be under the jurisdiction of the supervisor.
Maintain a clean tax sale to allow the continuance of property owners the right to own their property. This sale is not on the current Manatron system and is handled very professionally, which has helped us maintain a high volume of bidders because of the organization from staff.
Maintain the experience to implement new technology to further improve the operational side of the Treasurer's Office. Online checking, better credit card procedures, more improvements in the back office tax collection process, check scanning, installment payments (which we are just now implementing the software.) All of these are very important programs and procedures which came from the knowledge of a corporate working treasurer that knows the banking operations hands on.
I served the banking industry in operations and merger acquisitions, not branch manager.
There are issues that are very important: The county treasurer's office is the bank for the county. It needs to have the appearance, more organized combined space and more than anything SECURITY.
For many years the treasurer has requested for security and we still do not have it, there are no cameras and there is no way for the staff to go to safety. There is NO back door.
The county has implemented the Manatron program to take tax payments, but we still have a very antiquated manual method of receipting other monies. Having cameras could have prevented the recent embezzlement in the Treasurer's Office. And you would think that after the embezzlement incident the county would put security in immediately with better procedures for receipting money. I have not seen it yet after many more requests. My opponent will most likely get this security immediately if elected. I am not going to ignore that I made a poor decision in judgment, but I may not have had to even make a decision if there was security, not better security but any security.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
First, I would have building facilities bring in a professional bank architect/engineer go over all three locations. Let them make recommendations.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
I try to associate myself with people that have integrity and are good citizens of Beaufort County, and I do not consider myself a politician but more that of a professional business woman. Gloria Singleton published a book called "Beaufort Through the Ages;" my story is in this book, if anyone is interested.