Darlington leaders vote to fire county administrator

Darlington County Courthouse | Source: darcosc.com
Darlington County Courthouse | Source: darcosc.com

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - County leaders voted in a five to two vote to remove the Darlington County administrator from his position at a meeting Monday, with one council member abstaining

"I would imagine it was a little shocking. It was a little shocking for me that we went on and did what we had to do without doing some stuff that we should have done," Councilwoman Wilhelmina Johnson said.

Darlington County Councilwoman Wilhelmina Johnson is the one member who chose to abstain from a vote made last night to end the employment contract of Darlington County Administrator Dale Surrett.

"I was seeking more or less, as council we could have gotten together to study some problems or grievances as a group," Wilhelmina Johnson said.

After calling numerous council members and Surrett, it is still not clear why council members decided not to renew the administrator's contract.

But WMBF News found out this similar situation came up last year involving Surrett's contract – and Johnson says one vote helped keep Surrett on the job until this point.

Council member Marvin Flowers said Surrett will continue in his role as administrator until January, but because of a contract clause he will also get an additional year of pay.

"Part of the contract is that there is a one year severance agreement, clause or termination clause for not renewing because of the nature of government employees, especially those who work at the will of a county council," Council member Marvin Flowers said.

Flowers said for Darlington County, this time of year is when council member do decide on whether or not to renew the county's administrator contract.

Today I did reach out to Surrett and he said at this time he has no comment.

Surrett has been the Darlington County Administrator since 2010.