Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Releases Recommendations

Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Releases Recommendations

Following a series of four meetings convened through Ten at the Top (TATT), the Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee has announced a series of recommendations designed to promote collaboration among stakeholders in fostering a culture in the Upstate that respects and values the lives of all officers and residents. To view the list of recommendations, click here.

The Discovery Committee was originally convened by Terence Roberts, Chairman of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors and the Mayor of the City of Anderson, following a number of highly publicized instances of police force across the country.

“While our region has been fortunate not to have seen the violence and social unrest that has occurred in other parts of the country, we do recognize that not every Upstate resident feels safe or trusts our law enforcement officers, Roberts said. “We felt with the platform already established by Ten at the Top to be a neutral convener, that we had an opportunity to proactively engage stakeholders across the region around the topic of creating a safer region for all residents.”

The Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee consisted of more than 50 representatives from local governments, law enforcement, community organizations, faith leaders and Upstate businesses. The committee met virtually four times to discuss opportunities for how to create a united Upstate region where all stakeholders work collaboratively to ensure that we foster a culture that respects and values the lives of our law enforcement officers and all residents.

As the primary strategy, the Discover Committee recommends the development of a Safer Upstate Steering Committee to represent, support and communicate local efforts to improve relationships between law enforcement and community residents across the region. The Safer Upstate Steering Committee will focus on the following three goals:

1.  Engage law enforcement officials, community leaders and residents to work together to build healthy working relationships that elevate mutual respect, value cultural differences, and acknowledge the roles and responsibilities that each play in creating safer Upstate Communities.

2.  Provide regular opportunities for law enforcement and community leaders to convene to proactively discuss community issues and emerging law enforcement topics while exploring approaches that can be implemented across the Upstate Region.

3.  Enhance public trust by identifying, sharing and implementing best practice approaches for developing a sustainable, healthy relationship between law enforcement officials and the greater Upstate Community.

The Steering Committee will be under the leadership of co-chairs Sheriff Rick Clark and Stinson Ferguson. Both Upstate natives, Sheriff Clark has been the sheriff of Pickens county since 2013 while Ferguson is Special Counsel for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Greenville.

More information about the Safer Upstate initiative can be found at www.tenatthetop.org. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Safer Upstate Steering Committee is invited to reach out to Justine Allen, TATT Program Manager, at jallen@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-0346.

ABOUT TEN AT THE TOP

Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to connect and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit www.tenatthetop.org.

To view the list of recommendations, click here.

Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Members

First Name

Last Name

Organization

Position

Katherine

Amidon

Synterra

Market Leader, Environmental Planning

Bill

Barnet

Barnet Development Group

CEO

Steve

Brown

Greenwood County

Chairman

Carol

Burdette

United Way of Anderson County

President

Paul

Cain

Oconee County

Councilman

Becky

Callaham

Safe Harbor

Executive Director

Rick

Clark

Pickens County

Sheriff

Roy

Costner

Pickens County

Chairman

Michael

Cunningham

AnMed Health

Vice President for Advancement

Rick

Danner

City of Greer

Mayor

Chandra

Dillard

SC House

Representative

Sean

Dogan

Urban League of the Upstate

Interim CEO

Stephanie

Enders

Ripple of One

Executive Director

David

Feild

Colliers International

Market President

Stinson

Ferguson

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

Special Counsel

Santana

Freeman

City of Abbeville

Mayor

Freddie

Gault

Office of Congressman William Timmons

Outreach Director

LaTorrie

Geer

Community Works

Chief Operating Officer

Danielle

Gibbs

Senator Scott Office

Upstate Director

Charlie

Hall

Upstate Warrior Solution

Executive Director

Matt

Hamby

City of Greer

Police Chief

Michael

Hildebrand

Upstate Mobility Alliance

Director of Inclusion & Diversity

Dan

Holland

Oconee County

Cultural Diversity Director

Todd

Horne

Clayton Construction

Vice President

Missy

House

City of Inman

City Administrator

Tammie

Hoy Hawkins

Community Works

CEO

Dean

Hybl

Ten at the Top

Executive Director

Scott

Junkins

Harris Flooring America

Owner

Kimbrelly

Kegler

Michelin

Future Product Portfolio Leader

Dennis

Kelly

Greenwood County

Sheriff

Mitch

Kennedy

City of Spartanburg

Assistant City Manager

Butch

Kirven

Greenville County

Chairman

Sonny

Ledda

City of Clinton

Police Chief

Jil

Littlejohn

Hubbell Incorporated

Director of Inclusion & Diversity

Erwin

Maddrey

Maddrey & Associates

CEO

David

McCuen

City of Anderson

City Manager

Keith

McDaniel

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor

Adela

Mendoza

Hispanic Alliance

Executive Director

Stacey

Mills

USC-Upstate

University Center Executive Director

Amanda

Munyan

Laurens County Chamber

President

Floyd

Nicholson

SC Senate

Senator

Carlos

Phillips

Greenville Chamber

CEO

Andrena

Powell-Baker

Lockhart Power

Senior Manager

Tricia

Ravenhorst

SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

General Counsel

Terence

Roberts

City of Anderson

Mayor

Jim

Shew

Marsh & McLennan

Vice President

George

Shira

Milliken

Vice President of Human Resources

Paige

Stephenson

United Way of the Piedmont

President

Jim

Stewart

City of Anderson

Police Chief

Harold

Thompson

City of Union

Mayor

Alonzo

Thompson

City of Spartanburg

Police Chief

Theresa

Thompson

Upstate Warrior Solution

Deputy Director

Wendy

Walden

Greenville Tech

Associate Vice President

Greg

Whitaker

Clemson University

Deputy Campus Police Chief