Horry County Council discusses process to fill vacant administrator position

Horry County Council discusses process to fill vacant administrator position
The Horry County Council heard the suggested process on filling the county administrator's vacant seat

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Council heard a presentation Tuesday night on a suggested process to select a person to fill the county administrator position.

The suggested process is expected to take between two and five months. It’s a seven-step process ranging from updating the job description to conducting interviews. County leaders hope to whittle down the candidates to three people and then select from that pool.

The Horry County Council voted to remove former County Administrator Chris Eldridge in April.

His position came into question when he asked the State Law Enforcement Division to look into possible extortion. He claimed that then Chairman-elect Johnny Gardner tried to manipulate the director of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.

SLED found there was no wrongdoing.

County leaders reached a deal to pay Eldridge a year’s worth of his salary along with a car allowance, accrual of vacation time, paid holidays and county benefits.

His official resignation won’t take effect until April 16, 2020.

Steve Gosnell is now serving as interim county administrator.

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