SC Department of Mental Health News Release

S.C. Mental Health Commission Elects Officers

Contact:  John Hutto (803) 898-8584

Columbia, S.C., Aug 23, 1999 ... James E. Whitford, Sr., M.D., a resident of Goose Creek, was elected chairman of the S.C. Mental Health Commission at the commission's Aug. 3 meeting.  Whitford was appointed by the governor to serve on the commission in December 1992.

Whitford, who received his M.D. from the University of Buffalo, NY, is a physician with Carolina Family Medicine in Goose Creek.  He is an ordained deacon in the Catholic church.  He served on the Berkeley County Mental Health Center Board for three years and was elected president in May 1992.

Douglas F. Gay, a resident of Rock Hill, was elected vice-chairman of the Commission.   He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Commission in May 1995.

Gay, who received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, is an attorney in Rock Hill.  He served on the Catawba Community Mental Health Center Board from 1990 until 1995.

The S.C. Mental Health Commission is the governing body of the S.C. Department of Mental Health, and has jurisdiction over the state's 17 mental health centers and six psychiatric facilities.  Its seven members are appointed for five-year terms by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

                                                                                                                                                     

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