Teddie Pryor will remain Charleston County Council's chairman after landing the support of a majority of the group's members.
Pryor brought up the issue for a revote at council's Tuesday meeting, and then he defeated Vic Rawl for the group's top post with a 7-2 vote.
Council members Pryor, Henry Darby, Anna Johnson, Dickie Schweers, Joe Qualey, Elliott Summey and Herb Sass voted for Pryor. Colleen Condon and Rawl voted for Rawl.
Pryor said Wednesday that he's glad the group now can move on from the contentious issue of who will serve as chairman. "I love this county and I want to see it move forward," he said.
Last week, council conducted two voting rounds on its new chairman but none of the three candidates nominated garnered a majority of the vote. That left Pryor, who was elected chairman last year, in the position by default.
Pryor said politics got in the way of the selection process last week. But Tuesday's vote demonstrates that the majority of council members stand behind him and his leadership. That's important, he said, because council is working on some big issues, such as developing next year's budget and an extensive overhaul of the way it handles solid waste.
Most council members told him after Tuesday's meeting that they supported him, Pryor said. And Schweers told him that he was especially satisfied with his leadership in the past six months, Pryor said. That meant a lot because Schweers was one of Pryor's opponents last week, he said. "Mr. Schweers was a gentleman," Pryor said. "I hold him in high esteem for saying that."