HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Former Darlington County Treasurer Belinda D. Copeland received the President’s Cup – one of the South Carolina Association of Counties’ highest honors – on Aug. 1 at the association’s 50th annual conference.
The award was presented by SCAC President Julie J. Armstrong (Charleston County Clerk of Court). Each year, the SCAC honors the county official who has merited special recognition for service to county governments and assistance to the association’s president during the past year.
“Belinda Copeland is a devoted advocate of local government and the South Carolina Association of Counties, and like many of you, I have great respect for her leadership and experience,” Armstrong said. “Her experience has been invaluable in addressing critical issues related to South Carolina’s tax system – including local assessment, collection and administrative functions. She is a knowledgeable and experienced legislative advocate and also acts as a liaison between county treasurers and lawmakers.”
This year, Copeland completed her eighth term as Darlington County Treasurer.
She became interested in politics in 1972 while working for Darlington County’s legislative delegation and eventually became secretary of the county’s Democratic Party. Copeland was first elected to serve on Darlington County Council and also served as council chair. She was then elected county treasurer in 1985 and was re-elected seven times.
Copeland was elected to SCAC’s Board of Directors in 1988 and was elected president in 2006. For the past 10 years, she has served as the association’s treasurer.
“In addition to chairing SCAC’s Revenue, Finance and Economic Development Steering Committee for 12 years, Copeland has chaired the Association’s Legislative, Nominating and Scholarship committees,”…