District 5 - Joseph Passiment


Joseph Passiment (R)

Joe Passiment

District 5
Term Expires December 2026

Joseph “Joe” Passiment was born in Carbondale, PA and raised in Binghamton, NY.  He attended the University of Buffalo in Buffalo NY, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in vocational education. Joe embarked upon a teaching career in Buffalo, teaching business education and math for the next 8 years. Having survived the infamous blizzard of 1977, Joe and his family left Buffalo, and spent the rest of his working career in New Jersey. Joe taught for 8 more years before heading into administration, serving as a business administrator in three different school districts for the next 22 years. He retired just 11 days before becoming an executive county school business administrator and executive county school superintendent until retiring permanently in April of 2015.   

Joe has been married to his wife, Elissa for 49 years, has two children, and 6 grandchildren. The couple resides in Sun City.

His past activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Member of the Sun City Government and Business Affairs Committee as Secretary in 2015-2016 and Vice Chair in 2016-2017
  • Member of the Sun City Finance Committee and served as the Chair in 2017-2018 after serving as the Vice Chair in 2015-2016
  • Member of the Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals from January 2017 until December 2018
  • Membership Chairman of the Low Country Civil War Roundtable
  • Member of the Riverbend Road Warriors, dedicated to removing litter on Highway 170

Term of Office:

  • 2023 - Present
  • 2019 - 2022


  • City of Hardeeville
  • Code Enforcement
  • Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth
  • Detention Center
  • Jasper County Council
  • University of South Carolina- Beaufort 

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26 Schooner Lane
Bluffton, SC 29909