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Young returning to Dillon County

Kershaw County administrator accepts former post

Posted: December 28, 2010 4:44 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Clay Young

After two years as Kershaw County’s administrator, Clay Young has announced his resignation and intention to return to Dillon County to serve in the same position there. Young had been Dillon County administrator for seven years when he was hired by Kershaw County Council in September 2008.

Young notified interim county council chairman Max Ford of his decision on Dec. 22.

“It is with great anguish that I must resign from my position as county administrator,” Young stated in his resignation later. “It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Dillon County Council voted unanimously last week to offer Young the position.

“Opportunities come and go, you know,” Young said Tuesday afternoon. “At this time, I just felt like this was a good fit for the both of us -- for Dillon County and me and my family. I’m familiar with Dillon County Council and have a lot of good relationships there.”

Going forward, Ford said that he, incoming chairman Gene Wise and county attorney Ken DuBose will likely meet sometime in the next few days to determine a course of action. The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has been contacted and will also assist in the search, Ford said.

“The first step will be to find an interim, so that the council can conduct a thorough search,” Ford said. “We need to make sure that we have someone who can do the job, and who is also a right fit for Kershaw County.”

Ford added that conversations with SCAC led him to believe there are several former county administrators in the area who might be willing to serve on an interim basis.

Wise, who is to take office next week, echoed Ford’s statements about working quickly to find an interim replacement so that a “thorough” search can be conducted for a permanent administrator.

“I was not surprised by Clay’s decision. He had indicated to me since I was elected that there were some feelers from Dillon County … I commend the work Clay has done here in Kershaw County,” said Wise. “Now we have to find the right replacement … I am assessing talent all the time in my professional duties, so I plan to be heavily involved in the process.”

Young, who earns approximately $108,000 annually in Kershaw County, will work his final day in Kershaw County Jan. 21.

He was originally approved by a sharply divided council -- four councilmen at the time voted for him with the three remaining members abstaining. Before his initial stint in Dillon, he served as the finance director for both Lancaster and Chester counties and the city administrator of the cities of Chester and Hanahan.

Kershaw County hired Young after former administrator Bobby Boland’s resigned after seven years of service. Boland’s resignation came just months after he had been arrested on charges of filing a false police report, although he indicated at the time the controversy had nothing to do with his decision. His report claimed that certain persons of interest may have sabotaged a portion of the county’s sewer system. The 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office later dropped the charges.

Boland and Kershaw County Utilities Director Russell Wright, who was also charged in the case, recently sued outgoing Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Thomley with civil right violations.

(Associate Editor Martin L. Cahn contributed to this story.)

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