When the dust settled, Matthew Bishop of the Charleston County Public Works Department was the 2014 South Carolina Backhoe Rodeo champion.

It was the first win for the county in the annual state competition held last weekend in Greenville.

"This accomplishment is the payoff to all the hard work Matthew puts in while on the job," said Public Works Director Jim Neal. "This is a proud moment for Charleston County Public Works and we're lucky to have him on the staff."

To advance to the finals, Bishop won local and regional events.

The Backhoe Rodeo is made up of three timed events that require both accuracy and speed. Bishop finished with a 44-second advantage over second place.

"We strive to be the best at every level of county service and Matthew is an example of that effort," said Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor.

Bishop has been with Charleston County for five years and is one of 45 equipment operators on staff with Public Works. He finished third in the state backhoe rodeo last year. The S.C. chapter of the American Public Works Association sponsors the competition.

Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711.