HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner announced that Steve Gosnell will serve as the interim administrator for Horry County Government, effective Wednesday.
Gosnell is a professional engineer, most recently serving as the assistant county administrator for the infrastructure and regulation division, according to a press release. He has been with the county for 26 years and previously acted as the interim administrator in 2011.
“I appreciate council’s confidence in my ability to lead the county. I wouldn’t be able to take on this task without Horry County’s senior staff whose leadership will make the transition between administrators seamless,” Gosnell said in a statement.
The announcement comes after the Horry County Council voted Tuesday night to relieve former administrator Chris Eldridge of his duties.
Now, the county is looking to move forward and begin the search for a new county administrator.
“What we do want is somebody who can be a leader," said Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught.
Vaught said he doesn’t think going through an agency is the right move. He suggested potentially advertising through the County Administrator Association in South Carolina for the job.
“You have to go around and talk to different people in different departments. You have to be visible if you will," he said.
Vaught said he also thinks a candidate from South Carolina, preferably who has experience working in an area similar to the size of Horry County.
“Look in South Carolina because so much of what we do has to do with South Carolina law and interacting with State legislature and that kind of thing. So I think its really important that we find somebody who has been at work in South Carolina," Vaught said.
Horry County Councilman Gary Loftus said he thinks it could be as far away as next year until they find a permanent administrator. He also said with everything that’s been going on with council, he doesn’t know how big of a pool it will be, which he said is a concern of his.
Right now, Loftus said, council needs to focus on getting through the budget process. He said finding a new administrator is something a lot of thought needs to be put into.