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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, February 27, 2023) – Berkeley County has named Richard Marchand the new Director of Berkeley County Water and Sanitation (BCWS). His first official day in the position is today, Monday, February 27, 2023. Marchand previously served as BCWS Deputy Director, a position he started in January 2022.

Marchand served under BCWS Director Doug Thompkins, who retired this month after serving four years as Director.

Marchand’s prior career experience also includes work in Nuclear Power Generation at stations in South Carolina and Louisiana. Prior to that, Marchand served more than 20 years in the United States Navy. His last assignment was Director of Students for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek. 

For the last 25 years, Marchand has called the Tri-county home and has experience in program management, operations, maintenance, and training for regulated utilities. His accomplishments include the first-time implementation of computer navigational systems on a U.S. Navy submarine, oversight of nuclear system test programs, and management of technical training programs.

“Over my career, I’ve worked with many people that have passion for what they do.  I’ve noticed the same passion and dedication from everyone I have encountered at Berkeley County.  This is an amazing opportunity for me to leverage my past experiences to compliment the excellent staff at Water and Sanitation.”

-Richard Marchand, Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Director

As Director, Marchand will manage and oversee 220 employees, head all matters concerning Berkeley County water, County sewage, County recycling, the Landfill, and much more.

“Doug was a valuable asset to Berkeley County, and County Council and I congratulate him on an accomplished and dedicated career in public service. We wish him well in his retirement. BCWS will be in great hands under the leadership of Marchand, who is an expert in his field and has served the last year as Deputy Director of BCWS.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

For more information on Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, go HERE.


-Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office-

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