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Leland Teal sworn in as Chapin town councilmember last night

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – Leland Teal was sworn in at the regularly scheduled Chapin Town Council meeting Tuesday night. He will fill the seat left open upon the resignation of Preston Baines who resigned after holding his seat for approximately 6 months. Teal ended up being unopposed after the only other person running withdrew days after filing when she learned that Teal was running.

Teal is a life-long resident of Chapin and a graduate of Chapin High School. He has been married to his wife Carol for over 39 years and the pair have two married daughters. They also have a number of grandchildren. He retired after 38 years of working for the State of South Carolina. He was first elected to the Chapin Town Council in 1981 and has served as Mayor Pro Tem in the past.

Teal's entire family have been sports legends in Chapin their entire lives. His father and siblings have all been coaches in various sports both recreationally and professionally as teachers. Several Teals have even brought state championships home to Chapin. Leland Teal himself went to Newberry College on a sports scholarship where he earned his degree. "Coach Teal" is a name that is well-known and could be regularly heard and associated with Teal's father, his brothers Bart and Gene, or himself on fields, diamonds, and courts across the state.

Over the years, Teal coached girls’ fast pitch softball and American Legion baseball. He has also chaired the Chapin Labor Day Festival and has been a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran church council. As is evident, he has made serving others a key role in his life for decades.

Teal brings experience to the table in Chapin; however, a great deal has changed since he began serving the town in the early 1980’s. There will certainly be a learning curve as the town’s government had their meetings at that time in a small room that few ever attended. The town had a few part-time employees and provided only the most basic of services. Now, there are a number of full-time employees and several different departments. As Teal has had many years of service already, and has shown true grit and determination on ballfields for decades, no one seems worried he won’t be up to the task of helping to govern the town in a different era.

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