City Council


Dennis Raines


Cell: 864.505.5417


Mayor Dennis Raines service to the City of Mauldin includes a wide variety of different disciplines. His first service to the community began as a Volunteer Fireman for thirteen years. He has also served as President of the Mauldin Dixie Youth program for six years and on the Mauldin City Council from 1996-2001 where he chaired the Finance and Policy Committee for his last four years on Council.

Dennis is a native of Spartanburg County where he was born and raised on a small farm. He graduated from Greenville Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and continued his education at Limestone College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree as an Honors Graduate also in Business Administration.

Dennis’s professional career included twenty-six years at Kemet Electronics where he served in various management positions in supervisory functions and staff management positions that included Production Manager and Plant Cost Accountant. He currently serves as the vice president of finance for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

Dennis’s most rewarding community achievement has been that of serving as Director/Founder of the Mauldin Miracle League for eleven years. The Mauldin Miracle League is a baseball program for children with disabilities in which the motto is "Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball."

In his forty-six years as a resident of the City of Mauldin Dennis has served his community in some capacity for thirty-six of the forty-six years. He truly believes that government’s biggest challenge today is to live within its means while providing customer-oriented services in a cost effective manner.

Dennis has been married to his wife Cathy for forty-seven years. They have two sons, Travis and wife Evie and Tyler and his wife Emily along with four grandchildren.

Taft Matney 

Seat 1

Cell: 864.505.8866

Committees: Recreation, Planning & Economic Development (Chair), Public Safety

Taft Matney is a public relations and governmental affairs consultant who moved to Mauldin in 1973. He is a 1991 graduate of Mauldin High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in government and business from the University of South Carolina Upstate where he was a member of the school’s debate team.

Married to Addy, an involved community volunteer with activities including PTA, chairing the board of the Piedmont Health Foundation, and service as chair of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, they have a son in public school who is active in Mauldin Recreation sports, Mauldin Methodist church basketball, and S.A.I.L. swimming.

They are members of Mauldin United Methodist Church where Taft is the usher coordinator for the church’s 11:00 traditional service. Addy and Taft are members of the “Pathfinders” Sunday School class.

Taft currently serves as a board member of the YMCA’s Youth In Government (YIG) / Teen Services Branch and is its immediate past chair. Previously, Taft Matney was a board member of the YMCA of Greenville, volunteered as an assistant coach for Mauldin High School’s debate team, Easter Seals of Greenville, and several committees at Mauldin Methodist including co-chairing the church’s Preschool & Kindergarten. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Greenville Health System and Memorial Medical Campus and the Government Task Force of Greenville Forward.

Taft was asked to serve on the City Center, Economic Development, and Cultural Resources subcommittee for the City of Mauldin’s Comprehensive Plan in June 2008 and on the city’s Main Street Steering Committee in early July of that year.

Taft Matney was elected on November 5, 2013.


Carol King

Seat 2

Cell: 864-787-6614

Committees: Finance & Policy (Chair), Building Codes, Recreation

Carol King is a Senior Accounting Manager and an 18 year resident of Mauldin, SC.  

Carol earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of South Carolina. Carol retired from the South Carolina Department of Revenue in 2012 with 25 years of service. She joined Cox, Cauley and Richardson, CPA's in August 2012 as a Senior Accounting Manager.

Carol is very involved in her community as she is a member of Mauldin United Methodist Church. She also serves as President and Treasurer of Knollwood Heights Community Pool as well as serving on the Knollwood HOA steering committee.

Carol is married to Perry and they have two sons, Avery and Brady.  Their oldest son is a graduate of Maudlin High School and currently attends USC Upstate.  Their youngest son is a student at Mauldin High School. Both boys were active in sports including Mauldin Recreation baseball, travel baseball, middle school and high school baseball.

Carol King was elected on November 3, 2015.

Terry Merritt

Seat 3

Ph: (864) 270-2377

Committees:  Planning & Economic Development, Recreation (Chair), Finance & Policy.

Terry Merritt is a native of the great state of South Carolina and full time resident of Mauldin since 1976.  he has been married for over 46 years to Dianne Roberts Merritt.  They have three children; Terri Lynn, Stephen, and Jeffery, all graduates of Mauldin High School, and six grandchildren. 

Merritt graduated in 1982 from Furman University.  He is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force (Vietnam War), and is currently retired after over 30 years as an IT professional.  He is a member of Mauldin First Baptist Church where he serves as a Sunday School Teacher.

He is a strong proponent for private enterprise and looks forward to serving the citizens of Mauldin.

Scott Crosby

Seat 4

Home: 864-675-0942

Committees: Planning & Economic Development, Public Safety (Chair), Public Works

Councilman Scott Crosby began his first term in January, 2012. His election culminates an interest in American politics that began when he was ten years old.

A resident of Mauldin since 1994 and the Greenville area since 1978, Scott makes his living as a systems analyst. He is a 1974 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Scott and his wife Rhoda were married Thanksgiving Day, 2002. They enjoy ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and especially flying in their Cessna; Scott has had his pilot's license since 1986. 

His interest planning and finance reflects his desire to help build Mauldin as a community with a responsible, affordable government, where a family can live, work, shop, and play in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.

Dale BlackDale Black

Seat 5

Home: 864.288.6538  |  Cell: 864.444.3185

Committees: Finance & Policy, Public Works, Business & Development Services (Chair)

Councilman Dale Black was first elected to Mauldin City Council in 1989 and then, after a brief departure, again in January 2006. Councilman Black has called Mauldin home since the early 1970’s. 

Councilman Black is a Danville, Illinois native but attended both Parker High School and Greenville Technical College. He retired in 2000 from Southern Bell Telecommunications, AT&T and Lucent after 36 years of service.

Councilman Black sees the value in making time invested choices for the City of Mauldin. Only after researching and "getting the facts" on a subject, will he cast his vote. He enjoys "serving the people of Mauldin" and strives "to make good honest decisions in every vote." He serves on Mauldin City Council to "have a voice in the direction that our good city is heading."

The city of Mauldin has been good to Councilman Black and he tries to "give back to the people some of the things that they have given" to him and his family. Councilman Black is a member of Mauldin First Baptist Church and a member of Wade Hampton #404 Masonic Lodge. He has been married to Judy Black since 1966 and together they have two daughters, Heather Black Hunter and Dana Black Moore, two grandsons, Jackson and Jennings Hunter and two granddaughters, Jordan and Hailea Moore.

Larry Goodson

Seat 6

Cell: 864.288.0325

Committees: Public Works (Chair), Public Safety, Business & Development Services


Current Committee Assignments

Updated January 2016

Finance and Policy

Chair - Carol King

Terry Merritt

Dale Black


Public Safety

Chair - Scott Crosby

Taft Matney

Larry Goodson


Business & Development Services

Chair - Dale Black

Carol King

Larry Goodson


Public Works

Chair - Larry Goodson

Scott Crosby

Dale Black



Chair - Terry Merritt

Taft Matney

Carol King


Economic Development

Chair - Taft Matney

Terry Merritt

Scott Crosby