Council Biographies

DSC_9865 copyMayor Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy
Atty. Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy is a native of Conway and has been involved in public service her entire adult life. She was sworn in as Mayor on January 4, 2016, having previously served on City Council from 1993-1998 and 2012-2016, and acted as Mayor Pro Tem in 1996 and 2015. Ms. Blain-Bellamy served four years as Conway's Assistant City Administrator. In January 2011, she founded Community Legal Services, a non-traditional private law office providing legal services to low and moderate-income families. 

Ms. Blain-Bellamy received a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School Of Law in December 2000, and was sworn into the S.C. Bar Association in May 2001. She also holds Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Carolina in Education and Sociology respectively, and is a graduate of the Inaugural Waccamaw Class of the American Leadership Forum, Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Grand Strand and the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. She currently serves on the board of PALM Motor Sports School. 

Ms. Blain-Bellamy is the 2011 recipient of Leadership Grand Strand's Ann Debock Leadership Award, the 2010 Girl Scouts of Eastern S.C.'s Mary Brewer Women of Distinction Award, the 2009 Zonta International Gold Star Award, the 2009 Omega Psi Phi Community Service Award, and the 2009 NAACP Leadership Award. 

Ms. Blain-Bellamy is married to Bobby Bellamy with whom she shares four children. She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church where she is a Youth Usher Leader. 

DSC_9783 copyRandle L. Alford
Randle L. Alford served on City Council from 2005-2010 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006. He is the owner of R L Alford & Co., established in 1994. The firm offers traditional investment services, property and casualty insurance, tax return services, and Mr. Alford also manages a hedge fund. Over the past 20 years, he and his company have won more than 40 awards for excellence in their fields of business.

Mr. Alford is a graduate of the University of South Carolina which he attended on an academic scholarship. He is also a graduate of the Certified Financial Program at the Wharton School and has completed graduate work at the American College. He holds eight professional licenses and is the author of three books. Mr. Alford is a past president of the Rotary Club, a former church deacon, former Rotarian of the Year, a Paul Harris Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Conway, and a former member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Board.

Mr. Alford is married to Dr. Siena Alford, a family physician and an owner of Rivertown Medicine in Conway. They have three sons, Ryan, Matthew and Bradley. Ryan is currently a student at the University of South Carolina.


DSC_9829 copyThomas J. "Tom" Anderson
Thomas J. “Tom” Anderson was re-elected to City Council to serve a term from 2007 until 2011. He was first elected to City Council in 1998, serving as the Mayor Pro Tem in 2000 and 2011. Councilman Anderson is a past President of The Theatre of the Republic and worked for the SC House of Representatives while at the University of South Carolina. He served two years as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. Councilman Anderson is employed as a General Contractor specializing in Historic renovation, both residential and commercial, as well as, custom homes. He is the son of Peggy Anderson and the late Thomas J. "Tom" Anderson. He and his wife, April, have two children—Caroline and Thomas J. and they attend the First Baptist Church of Conway.


DSC_9849 copyWilliam Goldfinch, IV

William is a native of Conway, SC and a 2003 graduate of The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business. William and his wife Sallie manage a financial advisory practice in Conway, and together they have two sons, Mac and Sam. William serves on the advisory board of Coastal Carolina National Bank and he serves as Vice President of The Conway High School Educational Foundation, past president of Billy's Boys Inc., and past president and current Secretary of The Waccamaw Sertoma Club, former board member of The Conway Chamber of Commerce and The Conway Planning Commission. William is an active member of First United Methodist Church where he has served many roles including Finance Chairman and he enjoys participating in outreach projects. 


DSC_9807 copyAshley Smith

Ashley Smith was elected to City Council in 2016. He is an educator at Conway Elementary School and golf coach at Conway High School. He is also owner of Rivertown Sports, which broadcasts area high school sports on the radio and internet. He is a member of Conway High School's School Improvement Council. Mr. Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is the son of Susan Smith and the late Bill Smith. Ashley is married to Kayla Smith. Together, they have two children, Will (14) and Mary (11). They are proud members of North Conway Baptist Church.


DSC_9866 copyJean Medlen Timbes
Council member Jean Medlen Timbes is a long-standing resident of Conway. She is a graduate of Conway High School, earned a BA in mathematics from Columbia College and a MA in Secondary Education from USC, Columbia, SC. Ms. Timbes is a retired math educator serving six high schools and two colleges during her career. In 2001, she was selected by the SC Department of Education to serve as a Teacher Specialist for Mathematics. In this role she assisted At-Risk Schools to better prepare for state testing. She served in this role from 2001 to 2006, when she retired from education. In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Timbes owned and operated The Flower Shop on Main Street in Conway. She is the Managing Member of Main and Fifth Properties, LLC, a property leasing company in downtown Conway. 

Ms. Timbes became involved with local politics in 2002 when she was first elected to Conway City Council. Ms. Timbes has held the position of Mayor Pro Tem in 2004, 2010 and 2016. Prior to running for Council, she served on the Conway Planning and Zoning Commission, she has been instrumental with the development of many city properties including Mill Pond Road, The Gregory K. Martin Riverfront Park, a new city shop facility, the City Recreation Center, a new Public Safety Facility, and a civic center in the Old Conway Post Office. During her tenure the overhead wiring was placed underground in the downtown streets making a significant improvement to our streetscape. She also was involved in the creation of the Collins Park Retreat Garden and the Christmas Celebration of Lights for the enjoyment of our citizens. She belongs to the Horry County League of Cities. 

In 2011, Ms. Timbes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Waccamaw Council of Governments. This governing Board serves Horry, Georgetown & Williamsburg counties. 

She is active in a number of community organizations. She was a past member of the Board of Directors of Conway Downtown Alive and in 2012, was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. She serves on the Conway High School Foundation Board as well as their School Improvement Council. She is a member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the Horry County Historical Society and a Friend of the Library. She has been a former member of the Fine Arts Society and the Community Chorus. 

Ms. Timbes is active in First United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir and is a church pianist. She has served on the Staff-Parish Committee, and was the Chairman of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee as well as the Capital Building Committee. Formerly, Ms. Timbes served as president of the United Methodist Women. 

Her family includes two sons: Mark Timbes, his wife Clay, and their two daughters, Kate and Anna Clare who reside in Columbia, SC; and Michael Timbes, his wife Ashley, and their children, Walker and Sawyer Clare, who live in Charleston, SC. 


DSC_9817 copyLarry A. White
Larry A. White was elected to City Council in a special election on March 10, 2009. He is a graduate of Conway High School and Elizabeth City State University. Formerly a teacher at Socastee Middle School, and Health Educator at Region 6 of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). He is currently employed by Health Care Partners of South Carolina, as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist. He is a lifelong member of Bethel AME Church where he serves as Church School Superintendent, Class Leader, Church School Teacher, Choir member and Trumpeter, Bus driver, and recently named Area Commissioner of the Debutante and Master Commission  for the Marion District of the AME
Church;(the first male to hold this position in the State). He is a founding Board member, and current President of A Father's Place, which has offices in Conway, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Marion and Williamsburg Counties. Larry is a member of Morning Star Lodge #72. He is also a Founding Board Member of Horry County First Steps and former  chairman of the Smith-Jones Community Center, and a member of the Martin L. King, Jr. Planning Committee, to list a few of his accomplishments. Larry is a "Community member at heart". He has started a "Community Garden", "On the Hill", on Race Path Ave at his former homestead. He is the very proud father of four children and ten grandchildren. 

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