Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Scott McDowell

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McDowell wants city to be prepared

Scott McDowell’s family is woven for several generations into the fabric of Simpsonville, and he says he wants to continue to serve the city he always has known as home.

McDowell, 50, has filed to serve a sixth term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

He faces his three other incumbents – Sharon Cummins, Cary Vowels and Vicky Wise – and newcomer Michael Hesse in a race for the four seats.

McDowell’s family once operated a general store on 3rd Street and also owned much of the land that now comprises Cardinal Club, and he is employed as a sales manager at Penrod Fence and Lumber, which is just outside the entrance to that development.

He graduated from Shelby County High School, and much of his family continues to reside in Shelby County. He has three daughters and three granddaughters.

Because he has seen Simpsonville rise from a community of a few hundred people, he has expressed his concern about how the city will be prepared for the probability that two outlet malls will be built on its southern extremes, just off Interstate 64 and Buck Creek Road.

He serves as the city’s police commissioner, and much of the concern from the public about the plans for the malls has centered on traffic plans for that area and the fear by neighbors of the development areas that there could be spikes in crime.

“I want to continue to expand our police department to stay ahead of the growth of Simpsonville,” he said, “which we have managed to do so far.”

Simpsonville has a police chief (Chip Minnis, whom McDowell helped hire in 2011) and three full-time officers, and it works closely with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on criminal activity in the city.

McDowell in his role as the commissioner oversees the department’s fleet of vehicles, its equipment and training programs. The department does not have a separate budget.