Nearly 10 years ago, Tim Scott posted the Ten Commandments outside council chambers. The courts soon forced the county to pull the plaque down and, after two years of court battles, ruled the Commandments could never return. The plaque is collecting dust in a desk drawer somewhere, but Scott still gets comments on the flap every two or three weeks.
"Whether they supported it or not, people remind me of it," he says, but that's okay. "I still think it was the right thing to do."
Though it was a battle lost, Scott says that posting the Commandments started the conversation about their importance.
"It's been a great bone of contention in a positive way."
While the Commandments may still be the talk of the town, Scott notes that the County Council has done a lot of work in the past decade, including adding more than 20,000 jobs, improving roads, expanding emergency services, and going 12 years without a tax increase. That's not to say there aren't challenges ahead. While he's opposed to a tax hike, Scott says it'll be difficult to avoid when addressing the circumstances of growth (Scott refers to them as "construction, conservation, and crime.").
And while former council Chairman Leon Stavrinakis has moved on to the state legislature, Scott says that higher office is not a priority.
"I have been really happy," he says. "This has been so fulfilling and rewarding."