Get to know Ashley Jacobs

The new Beaufort County administrator loves eating grits, reading books and kayaking. She sounds like the perfect match!

Ashley Jacobs - Beaufort County Administrator South Carolina native Ashley Jacobs was recently selected as Beaufort County’s new administrator, beating out 70 other candidates in a nationwide search. Jacobs has more than 20 years of local government experience in the state, most recently serving as assistant county administrator for Aiken County. She is the first female to step into Beaufort County’s top position.

“Beaufort County is not only a place that’s rich in natural beauty, history, and culture, but it also has an exciting future,” she said. “I look forward to living and working there. I am committed to implementing the County Council’s strategic goals, serving the community to the best of my ability, being responsive to identified needs, and ensuring that residents and visitors have a positive experience when they interact with the county.”

We asked a few questions we feel her future friends and neighbors might find interesting heading into her first day on April 15.


Ashley Jacobs - Beaufort County Administrator
Ashley Jacobs with her mom and sister.

BREAKING THE ICE

Hometown: Aiken

Hobbies: Kayaking, backpacking, reading, traveling

Describe yourself in five words or less: Adventurous, determined, loyal and resourceful

What will you miss most about Aiken County? The people. It’s a close knit community, and there are so many people who are dear to me.

What excites you the most about Lowcountry life? I love being outdoors, especially on the water, so I’m excited about all the beautiful places to kayak.

Do you have any superstitions? I must use a particular Clemson mug at breakfast on game days.

If you couldn’t have this job, what would be your dream job? International tour guide

Favorite vacation destination: Italy

Favorite local landmarks: Penn Center and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of it? Moonrise Kingdom

What quality in others do you admire the most? Kindness

What are the most interesting buildings you’ve ever seen or been in? The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University and The Alamo

What are you interested in that most people aren’t? Botany

Favorite charity: South Carolina State Firefighters Association Foundation

Which of your vices or bad habits would be the hardest to give up? Staying up past my bedtime to read a good book.


MANAGEMENT CREDS

• Community development

• Economic development

• Emergency management

• Disaster preparedness and mitigation

• Parks and recreation

• Public safety


PREVIOUS GIGS

•Assistant County Administrator for Aiken County

•Executive Director for the Greater Lake City Community Development Office in Lake City

•Deputy County Administrator for Dorchester County

•Assistant County Administrator for Richland County

•Senior Environmental Planner for the Central Midlands Council of Governments in Columbia


THIS OR THAT

Cookies or cake? Gelato

Cats or dogs? Both

Pop music or rock music? Jazz

Pancakes or waffles? Grits

Hot chocolate or coffee? Cappuccino

Text message or call? Talk in person

Book or movie? Book. Always the book.

Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry

Coca-Cola or Pepsi? Root beer

Boat or plane? Depends on the destination

Ketchup or mustard? Garlic aioli

Theater or cinema? Theater

Bagel or toast? Biscuits

French or Spanish? Italian

Summer or winter? Summer

Skiing or snowboarding? Snowshoeing


NEW RESIDENT: Ashley Jacobs is shown with League of Women in Government board members.

KEY CERTIFICATIONS

• Leadership South Carolina

• South Carolina Association of Counties’ Institute of Government for County Officials

• South Carolina Economic Development Institute

• Master of Public Administration, University of South Carolina

• BA in English and Technical Writing, Clemson University


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Serving as an advisory board member for the master of public administration programs at Augusta University and College of Charleston and serving as a trustee of the South Carolina Firefighters Association Foundation. She currently is a participant in the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Institute and serves as the president of
the League of Women in Government.