Annie Smith-Jones, Candidate for Utility Commissioner

Annie Smith –Jones has been living in Seabrook Island since 2004, becoming a full timer in 2016.

Annie has been President of Quality Environmental Solutions, an environmental consulting firm that specializes in water and soil contamination. She has been involved with this firm since 1992. In addition to overseeing the work of the firm’s consultants, she works directly with one firm that has over 70 active environmental sites. She also works directly with DHEC in South Carolina, overseeing 48 active sites. Her firm, QES, provides assessments and remediation of underground and surface contamination. Major corporations have sought its services.

She feels she hasn’t been in Seabrook long enough to do major volunteer work, but she has been involved with Sea Island Hunger Awareness, where she helps out by testing the well water of people living on Wadmalaw, which is followed by the installation of filtration systems to ensure good quality water. She has also provided pro bono services to Pure Earth, an organization that strives to clean up the world’s most polluted places, where their recent study showed that pollution affects the health of over 300 million people worldwide. She worked on assessing and remediating ceramic workshops in Mexico where artisans still use lead glaze. She also worked on a project in Dakar, Senegal, which involved lead cleanup after improper used battery recycling resulted in the deaths of 30 children.

As to her qualifications for the job of Utility Commissioner, she feels the 25 years of experience in a variety of consulting jobs gave her the background the job requires along with her 25 years of managing consultants, budgets and finances.

-Barbara Burgess, Tidelines Staff Writer