Horry Co. Council to negotiate permanent administrator contract

Conway, SC - By Greg Argos - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Council was supposed to choose a permanent county administrator, but a stalemate Tuesday night on who that person would be left council members choosing a new path.

"It's not going to do any good to have another 6-6 tie," said Chairwoman Liz Gilland, referring to the last time council tried to hire a permanent administrator.

The  last council vote over whether or not to name Interim Administrator John Weaver as the permanent Horry County administrator also ended in a tie. Tuesday, with a second vote just minutes away, Chairperson Liz Gilland had a prediction.

"Nobody wants to be the one, but it's going to be a team of people or a group that's going to switch their votes and vote for Weaver," she said.

But history repeated itself.

"Gilland votes 'No,'" Gilland said during a roll call vote that ended in another 6-6 tie. "So it looks like we have no administrator."

Council members say they support Weaver becoming the permanent administrator, but have concerns over his salary and length of contract. So council members decided on a new plan.

"I have a motion to enter contract negotiations with Mr. Weaver," Gilland said during the proceedings.

Council passed the motion unanimously. An ad-hoc committee will draft Weaver's administrator contract. If Weaver accepts the contract, he accepts the job on council's terms.

"I just want to make sure we know exactly what we're going to have to pay for our new administrator," Councilman Bob Grabowski explained.

But Gilland, who is heading the new special contract negotiation committee, says she just wants the process over quickly.

"I just want it over with," she said. "Yes, we're all very restless with this taking very long, and being so distracting. So we want it to be over with as soon as possible."

Gilland says she plans to meet with members of the ad-hoc committee in the next few days to hammer out the details of Weaver's potential contract. He can either accept or reject it. If he rejects it, then council will have to look for another permanent county administrator candidate.

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