Board of Commissioners

The Richland County Recreation Commission has a seven member board who serve a term of four years and are appointed to staggered terms. Officers are elected annually. The Richland County Recreation Commission Board of Commissioners holds regular meetings each month on the third Monday at 6:00 pm. Special Called Meetings are held when necessary. The public is invited to attend these meetings which are held at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road, Columbia. For more information or to contact board members contact the main office, (803) 741-7272 or email to

The general duties of the Board of Commissioners are:

To enact resolutions and ordinances for the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Richland County.
To plan for future public needs.
To provide necessary services to safeguard the well-being and safety of the citizens.

Richland County Recreation Commission Commissioners

Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark, Commissioner

Mr. Thomas Clark was confirmed to the board on February, 2016. Mr. Clark is a graduate of Benedict College with B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and dual Master of Arts in Human Resource Management & Human Resource Development from Webster University. Mr. Clark is currently employed with Richland County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program that serves as a voice for our youth in foster care that have been abused and/or neglected.  Mr. Clark, with his wife Opal, has reared their sons, Kendrick and Zachary, in Richland County Schools and Recreation sports programs; for over 20 years.  Mr. Clark looks to continue with giving of his time & service to better serve the youth and elderly residents of Richland County, by implementing proper policies and procedures that reflect safety, quality of life and accountability to those we serve.

Term Expiration: February 27, 2021

Lisa Cotten

Lisa L. Cotten, Commissioner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2020

Jermaine Johnson

Jermaine L. Johnson, Sr., Commissioner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2022

Donzetta Lindsay

Donzetta Lindsay, Commissioner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2022

Robert Lapin

Robert Lapin, Commissioner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2019

Cynthia Shepard

Cynthia Shepard, Commissioner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2018

Stephen Venugopal

Stephen Venugopal, Commisisoner

Term Expiration: February 27, 2021

Richland County Council Members

Bill Malinowski, District 1
Joyce Dickerson, District 2
Yvonne McBride, District 3
Paul Livingston, District 4
Seth Rose, District 5
L. Gregory Pearce, Jr., District 6, Vice Chair
Gwendolyn Kennedy, District 7, Chair
Jim Manning, District 8
Calvin “Chip” Jackson, District 9
Dalhi Myers, District 10
Norman Jackson, District 11

South Carolina Senate Delegation

J. Thomas McElveen, III, District 35
John L. Scott, Jr., District 19
Mia S. McLeod, District 22
Darrell Jackson, District 21
John E. Courson, District 20

South Carolina House Delegation

Dr. Jimmy C. Bales, District 80
MaryGail K. Douglas, District 41
James E. Smith, Jr., District 72
J. Todd Rutherford, District 74
Joseph A. “Joe” McEachern, District 77
Leon Howard, District 76
Christopher R. Hart, District 73
Kirkman Finlay, III, District 75
Ivory Torrey Thigpen, District 79
Beth E. Bernstein, District 78
Nathan Ballentine, District 71