Betty J. (McCoy) Hudson, Walterboro city clerk for 26 years, will come to work for the last day on July 31.
During her 26 years, Hudson has served under three mayors — Harry. W. Cone Jr., Charlie Sweat and current Mayor Bill Young; four city managers: Eric Budds, Tuck McConnell, Jeff Lord and current City Manager Jeffrey Molinari; and 14 city councils. She served with Mayor Young (who was a City Council member from 1994-2009 before becoming mayor) for over 10 years.
As city clerk, Hudson is responsible for performing clerical duties for Walterboro City Council, as well as various secretarial duties in support of the city manager’s office. She prepares the agendas for all City Council meetings, attends those meetings and prepares the minutes. She also maintains City Council records — ordinances, resolutions, proclamations and other legal documents for the city. She is the custodian of the city seal and performs document certifications.
During her 26 years with the city, “Ms. Betty” as she is called by her peers, has met many visitors and people in need of assistance who have comethrough the doors at City Hall. She said, on occasions, she has helped from her own pocket to buy a person in need a meal for the day, help them locate shelter for the night or even get to the next place in their travels.
“I’m grateful God gave me this seat to greet and help those people in need who come through the doors of City Hall. It has been my honor to serve the people,” she said.
Born and raised in Warren, Ark., Hudson came to Walterboro from Milwaukee, Wis., where she worked at Eaton Corporation for 17 years as a manpower resources assistant and senior secretary to product assurance manager. She moved to Walterboro with her family in December 1990 and worked for the Colleton County School District for four years as secretary to the assistant superintendent/early childhood education.
She joined the City of Walterboro in 1994 as city clerk and has since earned the designation of CMC (Certified Municipal Clerk).
In total, Hudson has worked in administrative and secretarial work for 46 years.
Walterboro City Council passed a resolution on July 7 to formally recognize and commend to Hudson, whose last day will be July 31. “I and the City Council of the City of Walterboro formally offer our appreciation and commendation for 26 years of distinguished public service, hundreds of scheduled meetings, thousands of letters and memos, and for her lasting contributions to the City of Walterboro. We extend our best wishes to Ms. Hudson for a well-deserved, relaxing, and happy retirement,” said Mayor Bill Young.
A member of Jericho Church in Cottageville, Hudson is married to Leroy Hudson from Cottageville and they have three children: Yolanda Rhodes, Prenita Mack and Timothy Hudson; and five grandchildren: Timeya Hudson, Tylesha Hudson, Langston Rhodes, Timira Hudson and Dallas McCoy Mack.
“My best moments have been when I see the people here take pride in their town, and when they show love and respect for each other. This is what makes Walterboro a great place to live!” she said.
“ I have had a long and rewarding journey as your city clerk. I am thankful for the journey and I am thankful for the lessons I have learned. I have learned that it’s not about me, it’s about Him (God), then me and how I treat my fellow man. I have learned to treat all people with love, dignity and respect.
“I am pleased to have met so many good people, and some I was able to help along the way. So, my thanks to the citizens of Walterboro, the city manager, mayor and city council for the opportunity to serve. It has been my honor.
“My best to each of you. God bless,” Hudson said.