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Stephanie Smith, daughter of Ray & Mache Larkin, was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She is a member at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Charleston. Stephanie graduated from St. Andrew’s Parish High School in 1992 and attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. In December 2005 she married her best friend and hero, Ian Smith. In January 2007 they welcomed their son Thomas and 28 months later, in May 2009, they welcomed their daughter Mache. In 2013, with strong faith in God, they moved their family to Hollywood, SC where their children attend the Lowcountry Leadership Charter School and enjoy activities like baseball, t-ball and cheerleading.

Stephanie began working with the Town of Meggett in October 2015 training under Town Administrator, Ellie Brabham. In January 2016 Stephanie took over as Town Administrator, choosing to continue with Ellie’s open door policy which the town residents have come to expect and appreciate. She is civic minded and excited to be a part of our town and growth. Just in her short time with the town, she has grown to respect and cherish the beautiful town that is Meggett, South Carolina.

She can be reached at:
Office: (843) 889-3622
FAX: (843) 889-6873


W. Andrew Gowder, Jr. has been practicing law since 1986 and is a partner in a Charleston, South Carolina law firm. His practice is focused on local government, land use, environmental and real property law, and corporate formation and governance for both profit and nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Gowder has written and lectured on legal topics relating to land use, urbanism, planning, sustainability and the environment.  His publications include Tax Increment Financing  (American Bar Association 2012)  Greening Local Government(American Bar Association 2012)  A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development  (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2008) and At the Cutting Edge, Land Use Law from the Urban Lawyer (American Bar Association, 2009, 2010).  

He is currently a member of The American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section where he is a past Chair of the Section and its delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, the South Carolina Bar, where he has served as a member of the House of Delegates for more than a decade, the Urban Land Institute, as a Full Member and Chair of the Sustainable Development Council, and The Urban Land Institute, South Carolina District Council,  as past Chair and member of its Governance Committee.  He serves as counsel to or as a board member to numerous local nonprofit organizations.  

He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1986 from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1983 from Wofford College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.

He is admitted to the bars of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the United States District Court for South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit.