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J. Milton Pope

Principal

Milton Pope is a principal with Parker Poe Consulting and leads the local government division. He has more than 25 years of experience in county government management and administration.

Prior to joining Parker Poe Consulting, Mr. Pope served as Richland County Administrator, managing 2,000 employees and a $700 million budget. In 2006, Mr. Pope led efforts that achieved “All America Community” designation for the County. He was also successful in helping the County achieve a Moody’s credit rating upgrade in 2009, and hiring Richland County’s first Director of Economic Development in 2011.

Mr. Pope previously served as Richland County's Assistant County Administrator for more than seven years. He managed multiple departments, including Emergency Services, the Register of Deeds and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, and was the main liaison for elected and appointed officials' departments, such as the Sheriff's Department and the Clerk of Court.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pope was a Government Affairs Liaison with the Municipal Association of South Carolina. In this role, he lobbied on behalf of the state's 270 municipalities, and managed the Association's lobbying programs, which were designed to monitor state and federal legislative and regulatory processes.

Mr. Pope received the designation of Certified Manager from the International City/County Management Association. In addition, he is a graduate of FEMA's Emergency Management Institute and the South Carolina Executive Institute.

Featured Experience

  • Management consulting, project management and referendum planning for city and county governments
  • Representing corporate clients with permitting, planning and zoning, and governmental relations
  • Implementing programs to manage growth and reduce urban sprawl

Representative Transactions

  • County Administrative Complex, Aiken County
  • Gateway Center, Chester County
  • Administration Building, Clarendon County
  • Weldon Auditorium, Clarendon County
  • Town of Blythewood, Richland County - Doko Meadows

Affiliations

  • The Cooperative Ministry, Board of Directors, Chair
  • South Carolina City and County Management Association, President, 2010-2011
  • Voorhees College, Board of Trustees, 2011-present; Audit Committee, Chairman
  • Greater Columbia Literacy Council, Past President
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), SC Chapter Charter Member (no longer active)