Ken Roper, County Administrator
Ken Roper serves as the County Administrator, the chief executive officer of our county government. The County Council appointed Mr. Roper in July 2019. As Administrator, Mr. Roper is tasked with carrying out the vision of County Council by executing their policies, directives and legislative actions, and he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Pickens County. He oversees the multiple divisions of our county government, with the exception of departments governed by elected officials and special districts, and he encourages collaboration between the various departments to best serve all our citizens.
As Administrator, Mr. Roper has challenged his staff to embrace their roles as not just employees, but instead as public servants. In implementing County Council’s vision, Mr. Roper has supervised the maintenance of a conservative county budget, the institution of a five-year capital improvement plan, the implementation of a new comprehensive tourism plan, the progress toward unified emergency services, the exploration of options for sustainable road maintenance, and the continued broadening of economic development opportunities in our county. Under his leadership, the County has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to protect the health and safety of staff and citizens, all while ensuring vital government services continue uninterrupted. Furthermore, he has spearheaded the effort to maintain regular periodic communication between county offices, municipalities, local healthcare representatives, and various organizations throughout the county during this unprecedented time.
Mr. Roper was born in Pickens, and is a graduate of Liberty High School (1987), Furman University (B.A. Political Science, 1991), and the University of South Carolina (J.D., 1994). His years of public service span from the state to municipal/county government and the local community. He has previously served as Pickens County Attorney (2004-2019), municipal attorney (Six Mile, Norris, and Liberty), and municipal judge (Norris and Liberty). Prior to private law practice, Mr. Roper served for seven years as an assistant solicitor in our state’s criminal courts. A member of the South Carolina Bar, Mr. Roper has lectured on the South Carolina Home Rule Act, civility in the practice of law and professionalism, and has served on both the State Bar’s Pro Bono Committee and the Ethics Advisory Committee. He served on the Board of Directors for United Christian Ministries, the Easley Chamber of Commerce, and the Pickens Revitalization Association. He is a member and former president of the Pickens Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. He currently serves on the state’s E911 Committee of the South Carolina Department of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, NACo's Resilient Counties Advisory Board, and is a 2021-2022 ALI Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
While the traditional organizational structure remains in place as the reporting structure for county employees, the Administrator has further emphasized the need to work together for the good of the citizens of Pickens County by establishing a collaborative organizational chart. Where the circles meet, where lines connect circles, and what color circles are all determine the collaboration partners of county leadership and assign a regular meeting schedule to facilitate collaboration.
Pickens County Administration Facility
222 McDaniel Avenue, B-2
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: (864) 898-5844
Fax: (864) 898-1873