Berkeley County appoints Deputy County Supervisors

March 18, 2021

Berkeley County has appointed two new Deputy County Supervisors to serve under the County Supervisor and ensure efficient and effective delivery of services consistent with County objectives.

Ashley Powell has been hired as one of the two new Deputy County Supervisors. Her first day in the position is Monday, March 15, 2021.

Ashley Powell graduated from Stratford High School, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined Richland County Government in 2014 and since then has served on the Planning staff as a Neighborhood Planner, Planning Services Manager, Planning Service Division Manager, and Interim Planning Director. In 2019, she was appointed Assistant County Administrator for Richland County, a position she held until accepting the Deputy Supervisor position at Berkeley County.

Berkeley County Attorney John O. Williams II is now serving as both the County Attorney and Deputy County Supervisor. Williams started the new, dual position on January 31, 2021.

John O. Williams II was born and raised in Berkeley County. He graduated from Berkeley High School, then Clemson University with a degree in Civil Engineering and the University of South Carolina with a Juris Doctor degree. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable R. Markley Dennis, Jr. of the South Carolina Circuit Court. He later served as an Assistant Solicitor with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and then spent several years in private practice. Williams joined the County as the County Attorney in 2015.

“We are excited to welcome Ashley Powell to the Berkeley County team and to have her share the Deputy Supervisor hat with our current County Attorney John O. Williams. Both are top-notch professionals with seasoned resumes of expertise in public service. I strongly believe they will passionately support our citizens, effectively help lead our approximately 1,300 employees and continue propelling our great County forward in a positive direction.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb.