Woolsey begins term as James Island mayor

Woolsey (left) and councilman Leonard Blank talk with finance clerk Preston Leigh (right) on Woolsey's first day in office.

Things were pretty quiet Wednesday morning when Bill Woolsey, a long-time economics professor at The Citadel, took office as the mayor of James Island.

He was greeted on his first day by just a couple of the town's nine employees as he surveyed the offices and council chambers.

Woolsey, who defeated incumbent Mary Clark by a margin of 2-to-1 on Aug. 3, was sworn in on Aug. 19 but did not take office until Wednesday.

Other councilmembers who were elected on Aug. 3 were Carter McMillan, Robin Welch, Karen Wilder-Smalls and incumbent Leonard Blank.

The first town council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 7).