Spencer Wetmore

About Spencer

Spencer began her career in public service as a prosecutor for the Charleston County Solicitor’s Office where she represented the people of South Carolina in criminal cases.  In 2014, she brought her legal background and experience in advocacy to the City of Folly Beach where she currently serves as City Administrator.  She is proud to work with the Mayor and City Council and an incredible team of law enforcement, building and zoning officials, water and sewer technicians, fire fighters, IT experts, public works, and finance and administrative staff.

Her primary focus as Administrator has been legislation, beach renourishment, resilience and disaster response, personnel, and budget management.  She also serves on the state’s Tourism Expenditure Review Committee.

She is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University Law School.  She lives on Folly Beach with her husband, two wonderful daughters, and two crazy dogs. On the weekends, you can usually find the whole family running the streets of Folly with strollers and skateboards or out on the water with boats and boards.

Princeton University

Vanderbilt College of Law


Charleston County Solicitor's Office

City Administrator

City of Folly Beach

Spencer Wetmore in the News

NOAAInvesting in Flood Mitigation Pays Off Immensely

Known by locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach, South Carolina, is a small barrier island with 2,400 residents and countless year-round visitors. “Being a barrier island means we deal with flooding on a weekly basis—flooding from high tides, rain, drainage, and storms,” says Eric Lutz, the city’s floodplain manager. A few years back the city made the critical decision to conserve a large portion of its natural resources to help reduce flood impacts. “Almost every municipality can use zoning to help make their communities safer from coastal hazards,” says Spencer Wetmore, Folly Beach’s city administrator. Folly Beach conserved its marshes and beachfronts, which in turn helped reduce storm surge and other flooding impacts. This forward-thinking decision to conserve the marsh, among other flood preparedness activities, is paying off in a big way.

Folly Beach Restricts 'Formula' Businesses

If you’re looking to buy a Big Mac, you won’t find it in downtown Folly Beach. And that will continue to be the case after Folly Beach City Council voted to bar so-called formula businesses in certain areas of the municipality. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nationwide nonprofit that advocates for sustainable community development, defines “formula businesses” as stores and restaurants that look virtually identical in physical appearance and in the services and products they offer. Stacy Mitchell, co-director at the institute, said “formula businesses” is used over “chain businesses” because restricting formula businesses doesn’t stop a chain from opening — but it does require the chain to open a business that’s distinct from its other outlets. “Most chains have no interest in actually doing that, so most chains don’t bother to create a unique version of themselves in places that prohibit these stores,” Mitchell said. Spencer Wetmore, Folly Beach city administrator, said Folly Beach’s ordinance is a logical next step from the city’s restriction on drive-through establishments. “For a long time, every comprehensive zoning plan that we’ve had, every election that we’ve had, a theme seems to be keeping Folly funky,” she said.

Folly Beach working on drainage projects to mitigate flooding

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - When you live in the Lowcountry, you can expect to see some flooding when it rains. On Folly Beach, city officials say they also have to worry about the tides. After applying for grants through Charleston County, the city now has funds for capital drainage projects. Currently, they are working on raising the road bed and creating drainage outfalls on 9th Street West. Spencer Wetmore, the city administrator for Folly Beach, says the street is one of the worst flooding areas on the island. "When it's high tide, we really don't have anywhere for the water to go because it's on a barrier island. We have to keep that in mind at the forefront of everything," Wetmore said. "The goal is to mitigate the flooding, especially in areas where you don't have an alternate route.

A vocal group of Folly Beach residents managed to get the speed limit lowered

Drivers in Folly Beach will have to ease off the gas when speed limits on the island go down this summer. The reduction to 25 mph was recently approved by the S.C. Department of Transportation and will affect the entire island. There’s no set timeline for when the change will go into effect, but City Administrator Spencer Wetmore said the city will start to replace speed limit signs in the coming weeks. A grassroots group of residents on the island advocated for the change for a while. Many people started to plant small, green men figures with “slow down” stickers in their yards, Wetmore said.
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