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Carpenter to be KC administrator

Posted: May 26, 2011 1:21 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council officially named its new county administrator during its meeting Tuesday. Victor J. Carpenter has been hired as the new county administrator after serving as interim administrator for Abbeville County since February.

Carpenter said he is looking forward to his new position. “Kershaw County is a great county. It’s got an incredible reputation in this state, and this is an opportunity for me to grow professionally and for my family to be exposed to such a wonderful community,” he said.

Carpenter also added, “I hope to be able to carry out the work of this county in a fashion so that it brings positive perspective to this county. If I can come in as the administrator and manage the work of this county in such a fashion that credit is brought to this county, then I think I’m doing my job and that’s what I hope to do.”

Council Chairman Gene Wise said during Tuesday’s council meeting that Carpenter had a lot of support and a wonderful reputation. “I hope you love Kershaw County as much we do. We’re very happy to have you and your family here.”

It was also noted in the meeting that Interim County Administrator Frank Broom would be available to help Carpenter in the transition of power once the change becomes official July 5.

Carpenter’s annual salary is set at $110,400. He will also be provided with other benefits given to Kershaw County employees including health insurance and a vehicle allowance.

Carpenter is originally from Summerville. Before taking the position as interim administrator for Abbeville County, he worked for four years as the administrator for Greenwood County.

He will fill the post previously held by Clay Young, who announced in December his pending resignation and intention to return to Dillon County to serve in the same position there. Young, who left in January, earned approximately $108,000 annually as the lead administrator here.


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