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Shannon Smith

Finance Director, City of Newberry

My Favorite Quote:

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” – Shirley K. Maryland

I am from Pomaria, South Carolina. I chose Newberry because it’s home.  I graduated from Newberry College in 1997 and have always felt close to Newberry.​

My vision for Newberry The City of Newberry recently implemented a prepay system where utility customers can prepay for their utilities.  This helps them to better manage their
money since they can pay when they want instead of having a due date.  This system also allows the customer to see their utility usage online, and, therefore, manage their usage better by cutting down on energy consumption.  My vision is for this prepay system to help citizens become more financially responsible.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is to invest in your retirement early.  If you are able, put money in a Deferred Compensation plan-the earlier the better. And don’t sweat the small stuff!

You would be surprised to know that my family and I still butcher hogs every January.  The comradery that this brings to my extended family is irreplaceable, and I enjoy it very much.