BHM Hope Blackley

February 6, 2018

Ms. Hope Blackley began her professional career with the United Way of the Piedmont, Village Partnership as a preschool teacher. From there, she joined the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as a child victim advocate where she assisted and prepared children for criminal court working under the direction of former solicitor, Trey Gowdy.

In 2004, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appointed her as the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman for the state where she investigated complaints of crime victims against criminal and juvenile justice organizations. Ms. Blackley also directed the Governor’s Office of Victim Services Education & Certification (OVSEC) where she helped write legislation creating this office. Ms. Blackley created and implemented training for those who served crime victims through OVSEC in South Carolina.

In 2010, Ms. Blackley was appointed Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, where she currently manages the day-to-day operations of the courthouse and court system, as well as supervises 50 employees.

Ms. Blackley serves on numerous boards such as the United Way of the Piedmont, South Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Spartanburg Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council, Carolina Pregnancy Center, Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg Village Network, Circle of Friends of Mobile Meals, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind’s Walker Foundation Board, the 2016/2017 President of the South Carolina Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds Association, Tri- chair member of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce’s Community & Economic Strategy Steering Committee and the recipient of the 2014 Upstate Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr Humanitarian Award.

One of Ms. Blackley’s personal joys is giving back to her community.  Ms. Blackley speaks on a regular basis to schools in Spartanburg County about the Criminal Justice System.  Ms. Blackley currently partners with the Spartanburg County Foundation to host the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court’s Criminal Justice Youth Institute, where junior and senior high school students are formally introduced to the criminal justice system by empowering them to become devoted to the education and promotion of the criminal justice field.

She lives by her personal motto, “Never allow anyone to set limits on your life because you never know who you might encourage by your determination.”