Spartanburg Co. Clerk of Court speaks out after resignation


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — For the final time, Hope Blackley addressed Spartanburg County Council as clerk of court.

Blackley announced her resignation last month. 

In her farewell remarks on Monday, Blackley publicly requested several years’ worth of attorney fees in ongoing efforts to clean up mold at the Spartanburg County Courthouse.

Blackley said it was necessary to retain outside legal counsel since addressing the mold issue had proven difficult between her office and county leaders. She said an elected official has the authority to retain legal services to protect the interests of the clerk’s office. 

Spartanburg County Attorney Ginny Dupont said it was her first time hearing the request and she would comment after looking into the  matter. 

Blackley is resigning as Spartanburg County Clerk of Court to work for William Timmons, who was elected to replace U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

The governor has not appointed someone to fill Blackley’s term. 

County leaders expect a new courthouse will be complete in 2022.

7News recently reported the courthouse is undergoing its fourth round of mold clean up in two years. 

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