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Weaver released from contract, interim administrator announced

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Weaver addressing council after the 10-2 to dismiss him from his contract. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert) Weaver addressing council after the 10-2 to dismiss him from his contract. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Even with just under six months left in his contract, Horry County Council voted 10-2 to relieve John Weaver as Horry County's Administrator on Tuesday night.

The vote came after a week of speculation as to what Horry County leaders would consider doing to Weaver after word first surfaced his contract would be up for debate during the council's executive session.

Following the separation agreement between Weaver and Horry County, Horry County Council agreed to continue to compensate Mr. Weaver through the remainder of his contract in April of 2012. That compensation had been previously spelled out in his original agreement signed in May of 2010.

Weaver took to the podium to make closing remarks, stating that he accepted the council's decision. Weaver said he is going home to spend more time with his family. He dismissed all rumors about health claims and called his job an honor.

"It wouldn't be fair for someone coming into the county system to have take a budget halfway through it. It's not fair to me to present a budget with my staff knowing that I wouldn't see it through. That is the primary reason {to leave}." said John Weaver following Tuesday's meeting.

Weaver's duties will now be assumed by the Assistant County Administrator Steve Gosnell. Gosnell will serve in an interim position until Horry County Council decides if and when to host another search for a new administrator.

Late Tuesday night, a memo released by Horry County at the request of WMBF shows before leaving Weaver had begun speaking with a consulting company in regards to searching for a new Horry County Police Chief.

"Although there has been no private conversation with me and certainly no public announcement, it is my impression and understanding that Chief Johnny Morgan intends to retire from public service upon reaching his 66th birthday in May, 2012." said John Weaver in an memo dated on October 27th, 2011.

"In anticipation of this event, I believe now is the time to begin the search for a new leader of the Horry County Police Department so that the process can be fully transparent and the transition as seamless as possible." added Weaver in the October memo.

There is no word yet whether or not an ongoing SLED investigation into HCPD could have Chief Morgan push back his retirement.

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