“I Have Always Put Service Above Politics”

A Strong History

A Veteran with a life of duty to God, his family and his country, Kirven served in the U. S. Army / National Guard for 37-years, retiring in July 2003 with the rank of brigadier general.  His military career included various command and staff assignments at battalion, brigade, and higher levels. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.

Kirven was one of the first Army National Guard general officers called to active duty following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.  Initially, he served as a special advisor to the FORSCOM commander on air and missile defense capabilities and readiness, and also served as the deputy commanding general of the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command mobilized during Operation Noble Eagle.

Numerous Service Activities

Besides running several businesses and chairing Greenville County Council, Kirven serves as chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States’ Special Building Committee overseeing the National Guard Memorial Building in Washington, DC. He is a past president of the National Guard Association of South Carolina, past president of the Presbyterian College Alumni Association and former member of the Board of Visitors, former chairman of the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and a former director of the National Guard Association of the United States.

Kirven held no public office prior to his 2004 election to Greenville County Council.  He was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 

Results & Accomplishments

Kirven’s primary concerns include better planning for managing growth and development, improving transportation and roads, and fiscal responsibility. 

Accomplishments include:

  • Enacting the Scuffletown Road Area Plan with the Rural Perseveration Ordinance
  • Road projects to widen Woodruff Road through Five Forks and Hwy 14/Five Forks Road/ Bethel Road intersection improvements
  • Amending the Land Development Ordinance to require buffers all around subdivisions
  • Advocating quality of life issues in mitigating the effects of new developments
  • Working with citizens in developing new area plans such as the Five Forks Area Plan (now underway) and supporting the development of similar plans throughout the County 
  • Enacted a model Stormwater Management Program that got flooding under control along Gilder Creek and other flood prone areas of Greenville County.


Past Work Experience

  • Grocery store stocker/bagger
  • Lifeguard
  • Bartender
  • Construction worker
  • Dump truck driver
  • Men’s store sales clerk
  • Youth football coach — college work-study program
  • Bank teller
  • High school history teacher
  • Mortgage loan officer
  • Soldier
  • Farmer
  • Real estate appraiser

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