Gov. Mark Sanford today named educator and Brigadier General Thomas L. Sinclair as the new Supervisor for Union County. The previous supervisor, Donnie Betenbaugh, was suspended earlier this month after being indicted on corruption charges.
"By all accounts, Tommy Sinclair has the competence and character to lead Union County during this unsettled time," Gov. Sanford said. "Based on conversations with a number of people from Union County, we concluded that Tommy's outstanding management skills and successful track record - as well as his lifetime of service to this state and nation in the armed forces - speak well of his ability to lead in Union County. As further evidence of his dedication to a county government in transition, Tommy has offered to forgo a full salary and serve for a dollar-per-year. To me that says a lot about him and his commitment to truly serving the people of Union County, and for that, I'd thank him for stepping into what will certainly be a challenging job."
Sinclair, 62, has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Union County School System, as well as a co-owner of a construction company. For 38 years he served in the armed forces, first as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, then, from 1978 until his retirement in 2008, as a Brigadier General in the South Carolina National Guard.