First black, female treasurer sworn in

Jennifer Ginn Youmans was sworn in to office June 29 at the Hampton County Courthouse as the first new county treasurer in 31 years.

A teary-eyed Jennifer Ginn Youmans placed her hand upon the Bible and swore to perform her duties to the best of her abilities as she accepted the role of Hampton County Treasurer during a ceremony June 29 at the Hampton County Courthouse. Ginn Youmans is the first African-American to hold the position of Hampton County Treasurer, and the first new treasurer since 1981.

“I know being a servant is one of the most important things a person can do for another, and it brings me joy to be able to serve,” said Ginn Youmans. “When you help others, you are truly helping yourself.”

A sizable turnout of elected officials, family and friends attended the ceremony. The Honorable Teresa H. Williams administered the official oath of office. Before she was officially sworn-in to office, Hampton County Council Chair Dr. Roy Hollingsworth and invocation prayer leader Apostle Herbert L. Brown spoke highly of the incoming treasurer.

“History is being made tonight,” said Hollingsworth. “I am looking for great things from here. She has big shoes to fill.”

“Where others had no eyes watching them, Jenny will as a woman of the Lord,” said Apostle Brown. “I expect great things from her and remain righteous in her role as treasurer.” 

County Administrator Rose Dobson-Elliot spoke, as well, and stated Ginn Youmans has been a “great help” within the county already and that she looks forward to working with the Hampton County Treasurer.

“It is a great day in Hampton County,” said Dobson-Elliot. The county administrator apologized to Ginn Youmans in advance for sending angry taxpayers her way.

As well as kind words regarding Ginn Youmans, vocalist Nykki Smalls sang a beautiful church hymn during the swearing-in ceremony. Several speakers to time to make note of Smalls’ beautiful voice, which they feel confident came from her father.

The newly elected treasurer thanked those in attendance for their support, as well as the citizens of Hampton County and her family.