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County begins search for new administrator

Posted: February 10, 2011 4:26 p.m.
Updated: February 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County seeks applicants for county administrator.

Those words could be found on the county’s website Thursday afternoon, as well as the site for the S.C. Association of Counties.

During Tuesday’s Kershaw County Council meeting, interim county administrator Frank Broom proposed the following timeline for the search for a new county administrator: approve ad copy and search timetable at Tuesday’s meeting; solicit resumes Feb. 9 through March 18; develop a shortlist for interviews by March 24; conduct interviews between March 28 and April 12; make a selection by April 26; and have the candidate report to work by July 5.

“It’s a pretty aggressive schedule,” said Broom. “Those dates can slip back and forth depending on how rapidly or how slowly you’re able to proceed.”

Broom said the county will not, at the onset, hire a search firm or headhunter to assist in the search.

“If, as we get down the track, we determine that it’s not producing the kind of results you want to see, then you’d have the flexibility at any point in the process” to bring on consultants, Broom said.

Resumes will be sent to Chairman Gene Wise, who said he will then share them with his colleagues. It’s still being determined who will be involved directly with the interviewing, Wise said.

Council approved the ad copy for qualifications Tuesday. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public or business administration with at least seven years of experience in a local government management role or a combination of relevant education and experience showing a track record of accomplishment.

“The selected candidate will be visionary, team-oriented, attentive to detail and capable of placing legislative questions in a decision-making format. This position reports to and serves at the pleasure of a seven-member county council elected from single-member districts in partisan elections,” the ad reads. “Legal residency in Kershaw County will be required within 90 days of appointment. Salary based on qualifications.”

Thus far, council hasn’t formed an ad hoc committee for the search, which previous councils have done.

The vacancy comes after former administrator Clay Young left last month to return as the Dillon County administrator. He headed Kershaw County operations for approximately two years.

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