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Horry County Administrator to receive a base salary of 200k by the end of new contract

Right now Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says Chris Eldridge is making $157,000 dollars per year, but that number jumps to $170,000 when his new contract goes into effect on July 1. Right now Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says Chris Eldridge is making $157,000 dollars per year, but that number jumps to $170,000 when his new contract goes into effect on July 1.
Lazarus said their goal is to make for the best services and protection of Horry County Lazarus said their goal is to make for the best services and protection of Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Council approved a new four-year contract for Administrator Chris Eldridge, and in light of recent talk to cut benefits for county police and fire, some find the raise insulting. 

He has the top job in Horry County, and council is making sure he's well compensated for it. 

Right now Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says Chris Eldridge is making $157,000 dollars per year, but that number jumps to $170,000 when his new contract goes into effect on July 1. 

Bourcier says each year within the four-year contract will increase his salary $10,000.

These numbers are rubbing some the wrong way, but Council Chairman Mark Lazarus doesn't agree.

"He's not here to win a popularity contest by any means, he's here to make tough decisions, and run a business, and I think he's done that," Lazarus said.

As County Administrator Eldridge oversees more than 30 departments and manages the day-to-day operations of the county.

Recently, we reported on talks about cutting benefits for county police and fire.

Even though a decision hasn't been made, several families said they found Eldridge's raise insulting. 

However, Tuesday night, Lazarus addressed the council's efforts with the coming budget.

"We are not balancing this budget and will not balance this budget on the backs of our employees of Horry County. So anybody out there that didn't hear that, we're going to come up...this council is going to do it, I'm telling you, we're going to make it happen, but we are going to have to make some extremely tough decisions to make that happen," Lazarus explained.

Lazarus said their goal is to make for the best services and protection of Horry County.

"...to provide a healthy environment, a work environment that our employees are proud to be a part of, and that they can afford to become and maintain, being employees of Horry County," Lazarus added.

After Lazarus spoke, there was a vote on Eldridge's raise, but it was not unanimous. 

One "no" vote came from councilman, Tyler Servant. 

Servant later said it wasn't against Mr. Eldridge, or his capabilities of being county administrator; it was because he would like to see more of a incentive-based raise system for all county employees.

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