By Al Dozier


The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Wednesday released a statement in support of Chamber President Kerry Powers, who is facing charges in connection with an altercation with her husband on July 22.

Board Chairman Jerimiah Davis released the following statement:

“As the chair of the Greater Irmo Chamber, I have reviewed all of the information provided to me about Kerry Powers’ personal situation and remain supportive of her ability to perform her duties and lead the chamber. As information comes in, myself, the executive committee and the GICC Board will perform our due diligence and make decisions accordingly. We ask that everyone keep Kerry in their prayers through this troubling time and respect her privacy on this matter.”

Powers was involved in an altercation at her home with her husband, Kelly Powers, and both are facing charges of second-degree domestic violence, according to Lexington police. Kerry Powers was treated in a hospital emergency room and had reconstructive surgery on her cheek and jaw.

Powers became president of the chamber in 2015. She also serves as president of the Columbia Rotary Club.

She declined comment on the incident, referring questions to her lawyer, Columbia Attorney Marion Moses. Moses could not be reached for comment before the Irmo News deadline.