SCDOT Names Justin Powell New Deputy Secretary for Finance & Administration

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall has selected Justin Powell to assume the duties of Deputy Secretary for Finance & Administration for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).  Powell has over 15 years of experience in the finance arena in both the government and private sectors.

Powell is currently serving as an Assistant County Administrator for Horry County where he has been managing the County's Administration Division since May of 2015.  Powell's current responsibilities in Horry County include; Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Information Technology and Budget Management among other duties.

Hall pointed to Powell's experience and accomplishments during his tenure in Horry County that made him an excellent choice for the SCDOT Leadership Team. "Mr. Powell has a proven track record of success and I have every confidence that he will be able to make a positive difference here at the agency," said Hall.

She also noted that Powell's financial management has resulted in an upgrading of Horry County's credit rating, and that he has vast experience in disaster response and recovery, citing his support following Hurricanes, Joaquin, Matthew and Florence.

Powell has previous experience serving as Chief Financial Officer for Dorchester County, a Budget Analyst for the City of Greenville, a private sector position with IBM Consulting Services and as a Budget Analyst for Fairfax County, Virginia.

A South Carolina native, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Wofford College and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Powell will begin his work at SCDOT at the end of April, 2019.