Myrtle Beach City Manager decision expected Monday

Myrtle Beach City Manager decision expected Monday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - WMBF News is told a decision on who will be hired to run the city is expected to be made at a special council meeting this Monday.

Of the forty-nine people who applied for the city manager position, four are being considered.

Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach City Spokesperson says, "City government is very crucial to everybody's daily life. So having a good team in place means you'll have a good experience in the city."

The four finalists are: current Myrtle Beach Assistant City Manager John Pedersen, Edward Driggers - City Administrator in Greer, Jonathan Simons - City Administrator in Easley, and Robert Middaugh - former County Administrator James County, VA.

WMBF News reached out to the four candidates; two were available for comment.

Middaugh says, "I spent nine years in the city of Miami Beach and we dealt with a number of problems that I think are being experienced in Myrtle Beach."

Edward R. Driggers, another City Manager candidate, explains, "I've managed and lead private industry business so I understand the role and relationship of managing local government from a managerial perspective like a business."

The city has been on the hunt for a new CEO to manage over 850 full-time employees and a $160 million budget.

To help narrow down the search of who will fit this position best, city council hired a consulting firm to assist.

"I think city council will take all factors into consideration, including personality. We're a very active community and have some more challenges than maybe a smaller town might," explains Kruea.

The current city manager, Tom Leath, announced his retirement earlier this year. Leath has been leading Myrtle Beach's day to day operations for the past 27 years, leaving the new manager with big shoes to fill.

"The city manager is the head guy when it comes to water and sewer service, trash pick, up, park recreation, police, fire," says Kruea.

The new city manager's duties, once hired, will overlap with outgoing manager Tom Leath until he leaves at the end of the year.

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