Orangeburg County Senior Deputy Administrator honored for character trait of respect
November 1, 2017 Times and Democrat article (reprinted with permission)
Article by DIONNE GLEATON T&D Staff Writer
Marion Lloyd is always ready to offer a gentle word and a listening ear to those he encounters on a daily basis, enabling him to resolve many issues as senior deputy administrator for one of the state's largest counties.
Orangeburg County's senior deputy administrator has spent the entirety of his career in county government. In his current position, Lloyd assists in carrying out the various duties of the county, including the supervision of departments like procurement and human resources.
Through it all, the easy-going Lloyd helps and encourages others, demonstrates empathy and is complementary in his dealings with people he may not even agree with as he maintains a commitment and dedication to the rules of his job.
Lloyd's ability to show regard and consideration for others led to his designation as the exemplification of respect as part of the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative.
He said it was both a surprise and an honor to be recognized for good character, which he said was instilled in him as a young child.
"Respect is one of those character traits that was instilled in you when you were young growing up with your parents. They instilled respect, along with other character traits and that's reinforced in the community," Lloyd said.
"You try your very best throughout your work career to try to uphold those character traits that were instilled in you from an early age," he said.
Respect plays a big part in both his personal and professional life, Lloyd said.
"You have to have respect when dealing with county government issues and with the individual that comes into the office whether you agree with their issues or not. It helps in solving the problem and keeping the conversation where you can discuss it and come to a consensus on it," he said.
He and his wife of 39 years, Gwendolyn, are the parents of two sons, Devin and Marion Jr., and they have four grandchildren.
"Respect really tends to be the same with your personal life and your work life. The main objective is to get along and try to accomplish whatever goals you set out to accomplish," Lloyd said, noting that he tried to instill the same values in his children that his parents instilled in him.
"You also try to demonstrate those character traits. That's probably the best way to instill that in them," said the Rembert native, whose parents were the late Richard and Louise Lloyd.
"Respect, for me, comes from my parents, and it was reinforced in the community. It was taught at home, but it was reinforced when you go out in the community. My parents were loving and caring; then, there were times there was tough love. It takes a combination of all of that," Lloyd said.
Being respectful is largely about being a good listener, he said.
"I just love being a public servant. Working and solving issues with citizens is basically all I've done in my work career. The majority of my work was in the tax assessor's office. You have to hear appeals and complaints from taxpayers as it relates to their property tax," Lloyd sad.
"I've learned to listen to taxpayers and citizens during that process. From time to time, you can hear things or they can share things with you that help solve the problem. And if there's nothing that you can get from the conversation, at least they tend to appreciate the time spent hearing them."
Lloyd is a former host of WWDM FM Radio's Sunday Morning Gospel program. He is also a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg, treasurer of the Orangeburg Wesley Foundation and member of the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 Foundation board. In addition, he also serves as a member of the Orangeburg County Character Pack, an initiative that Orangeburg County employees implemented to promote good character.
A former member of the Orangeburg County Community of Character board, Lloyd said the OCCOC is a worthwhile initiative.
"It's definitely beneficial. It's something that you have to continue to work at. You have to continue to show that the community is about good character," he said. "That's how it will continue to grow."