Open Letter

First, I want to thank everyone who has offered prayers, well-wishes and encouragement following my very public ordeal. Your kind words mean more than you will ever know.

Second and most importantly, I sincerely apologize, and I humbly ask for your forgiveness. My conduct, which was a result of having too much to drink on my wedding night, fell far short of the high standards I have set for myself as a public official.

I don’t seek to make excuses. Rather, I fully and unequivocally own up to my mistake. I have voluntarily entered an alcohol-rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia, where I am undergoing a rigorous, 60-day treatment program. I am scheduled to complete the program by the time County Council reconvenes in January.

Ultimately, I believe I will emerge from this experience both a better person and a better public servant.

As part of the process of atoning for my mistake, I will be rededicating myself to helping others and serving our community. Representing you on County Council is a tremendous honor; through hard work, dedication and humility, I intend to regain your confidence and provide the very best representation possible for the people of Irmo, Whitehall and Seven Oaks.

I promise you this: Over the next two years, no one – absolutely no one — will be more committed than I am to making our community a better place. Again, thank you.


Phil Yarborough