About George Wright

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Given my commitment and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as Beaufort County Auditor - Wright is the right choice for Beaufort County Auditor.

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Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah; George grew up in a close-knit community where everyone knew your name and looked out for each other. As with most small communities, there was a strong sense of family and service to one another, so George knew from a young age that he wanted to serve his Country in the military.

George joined the United States Marine Corps in 1972 and married his wife Patti a few short years later. The newlyweds moved to Beaufort in 1975, and  aside from being stationed in Hawaii for 3 years, George spent his 20 year military career in Beaufort County.  While serving, he specialized in the instruction of the most complex, technological systems in the military and excelled to such a high degree that he was the first Marine to receive the Master Training Specialist designation from the United States Navy. Recipients of this designation must demonstrate highly effective teaching skills and a comprehensive understanding of classroom management, as well as, take a leadership role in mentoring and instructing.

George and Patti are the proud parents of Cari and Jeffrey, and when considering places to live after retiring from the Marine Corps in 1992, they could not imagine a better place than Beaufort. They are grateful that their now-grown children remain close by and are raising their three granddaughters here. Their oldest granddaughter will be graduating from Clemson University this year (go Tigers!), while their youngest granddaughter will be graduating from Beaufort High School. 

George often reflects on what Beaufort looked like when he first arrived to the Marine Corps Air Station almost four decades ago, and the growth that he has seen since. Having worked for Beaufort County Government for the last 14 years, George has a unique perspective on not just the population growth but also the prevalence of technology and its importance to local governments as a tool to mitigate costs. Before spending three years as the Deputy Treasurer, he served in the Beaufort County IT Department providing direct data and support services, as well as training for the Assessor’s, Auditor’s and Treasurer’s Offices. He has been instrumental in the conduct of the taxation process and is often consulted with on issues and looked to for technical solutions.

George is an avid golfer and in his free time can often be found working in his yard.