Former longtime Berkeley County supervisor Jim Rozier has passed away, according to a county press release.
Rozier, 77, died on Wednesday. He served 16 years in the head county role from 1990 to 2006.
“Berkeley County has lost one of the strongest leaders in its history,” said current Supervisor Johnny Cribb in a county statement.
“On behalf of County Council, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Jim Rozier’s family and friends.”
Councilman Josh Whitley also praised Rozier as a leadership ‘giant’ he greatly admired.
“Jim…has and will be a great influence on my service,” he said. “Personally, he set the example that you play hard ball in your negotiations and you walk away friends without a grudge. I loved him dearly.”
But his community involvement expanded beyond his elected seat to include other influential local and state roles including chairman of the S.C. Department of Transportation and president of Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust – an organization he also helped establish, the release said.
Rozier also chaired the Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee and aided in creating the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) after the Naval Shipyard closed.
“His passion for Berkeley County and the citizens was apparent the minute you met him,” Cribb said in the release. “He helped mold Berkeley County to become the wonderful place we call home. He has left behind a great legacy of service and friendship to all who had the privilege of knowing him.”
Rozier was also a dedicated Clemson fan and since 1990 served as a familiar voice at Berkeley High School football games, serving the Stags as an unpaid volunteer.
“He loved abundantly – his family, this country, the Tigers and the Stags,” Whitley said. “I miss him already.”
Rozier is survived by his wife Kathy, as well as children and grandchildren.