Residency status remains an issue for Councilman Dean Riegel

Residency status remains an issue for Councilman Dean Riegel
October 02 19:15 2017 Print This Article

Lowcountry Source has obtained an e-mail from the person who bought Charleston City Councilman Dean Riegel’s home in the Bull Creek subdivision in West Ashley more than a year ago with the claim that Riegel still gets his official mail sent to his former address. The respondent, a disabled military veteran wrote, “When my wife and I purchased our home (in September 2016) from this politician (Riegel), he told us that if we received any mail addressed to him, we should throw it away. For the past year, we have received all of his official city mail that I assume he needs to do his job.”

Riegel has publicly acknowledged that he had been living at a property owned by his son in Berkeley County for an extended period. During the August filing period for the November 7 City Council elections, Riegel claimed to have a residence at Olde Towne Villas, a condominium complex within Shadowmoss Plantation. Neighbors say that the unit he claims to live in has been vacant for months.

City of Charleston Ordinance number 2000-212 states that City Council members must reside in their districts during their entire terms in office. Council District 10, which Riegel has represented since 2009, includes Pierpont, Bull Creek, Ashley Town Landing, Ashland Plantation, Shadowmoss, Village Green and parts of Grand Oaks. Riegel has two challengers on the ballot, Summer Massey and Harry Griffin, Jr.   Riegel presented copies of his driver’s license, voter registration and automobile registration with an Olde Towne Villas address and a post office box receipt to Lowcountry Source but has not yet produced a copy of his lease agreement.