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County introduces Taxpayer Academy; registration is now open
Jan. 23, 2020

For residents who have wondered how their county tax dollars are spent or who just want to know more about what their local government does, Georgetown County has a program for you.

In celebration of National County Government Month, which takes place each April, Georgetown County will offer a Taxpayer Academy. The program will take place each Wednesday in April and will give participants a behind the scenes look at the operations of various county departments and divisions, from law enforcement, to the airport, to the county recycling facilities and everything in between.

This is the first time the county has offered this program. It was inspired by a week-long summer camp program for kids the county hosted in 2018.

“While the program was for kids, they of course had adult chaperones with them, and the adults were as interested in the activities as the kids. Then we also heard from adults who weren’t on the trips, but heard about them from their children who were. We heard quite a few adults say they wished the county offered something similar for adults, so we decided to give it a shot, and it seemed like a perfect way to celebrate County government month,” said Jackie Broach-Akers, the county’s Public Information Officer.

Space in the program is limited to just 20 to ensure a better experience as participants visit various facilities and talk to staff. Participants must be at least 18 years old and able to attend all five sessions of the program. Find an application at www.gtcounty.org contact Broach-Akers at jbroach@gtcounty.org or (843) 545-3164 for more information.

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County names new finance director
Jan. 10, 2020

Ed Kilcullen, who has served as Georgetown County’s accounting manager for more than a decade, was announced today as the Finance Department’s new director. Kilcullen will replace Scott Proctor, who will retire on Jan. 31. Proctor has been the county’s Finance Director since 2004.

Kilcullen joined Georgetown County’s finance team in 2009. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor with substantial experience in governmental accounting. Prior to coming to work for the county, he worked on the finance teams of the Medical University of South Carolina and the City of Charleston, among others, and was Deputy Finance Director for Berkeley County.

“Ed is an excellent fit for this position, and I believe that with his institutional knowledges of our processes, software and our people, this transition will go very smoothly,” said County Administrator Sel Hemingway.

Kilcullen will begin training with Proctor to take over as director next week. He said Finance staff will use the remainder of this month to finish up on projects already under way. Kilcullen will begin looking at vision and direction for the department in February.

 

Council votes to continue administrator search with help from consulting group

Nov. 15, 2019

Georgetown County Council members met individually on Nov. 7 with representatives from a consulting group that will assist the county in locating and hiring a new County Administrator.

The County entered a contract that day with Slavin Management Consultants, which will conduct an administrator search for a cost of $14,050 plus expenses.

Council’s first pick for the job, Abbeville County Administrator David Garner, declined the offer on Oct. 28, before negotiations could be completed. He cited “personal circumstances beyond anyone’s control.” Council had agreed 4-3 to hire Garner, with Council Chairman John Thomas and Council Members Lillie Jean Johnson and Louis Morant opposed.

After Garner turned down the job, Council had a special meeting Oct. 30, during which they voted — again 4-3 with the same members in opposition — to engage a professional recruiter to continue the search rather than hiring one of the other top three finalists.

Current Administrator Sel Hemingway, who planned to retire on Jan. 1, has agreed to remain on the job for up to 60 additional days to accommodate the search and hiring process. According to the proposal from Slavin, the group plans to be able to submit a final report and recommendations to the county within 45-60 days. According to the contract, the group will also follow up with the County and the new administrator during the first year and assist in making any adjustments that may be necessary.

The firm is also to keep the County informed, involved in decisions and involved in the search process, providing frequent progress reports to County Council.

The firm additionally guarantees its work and will redo the search if the position is vacated, for any reason, within two years of the employment date of a candidate selected by the County through the firm’s efforts. The firm’s references include Mayors of the Cities of Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill.

 

Drawings from Highway 17 Charrette available for viewing
Nov. 4, 2019

Drawings and documents from the Companion Corridor Study charrette held at the Waccamaw Neck Library Oct. 21-24 are now available for online viewing. The link is below. These drawings are draft documents that were produced that week. The consultants from Stantec will be back in mid to late January to get input on preliminary recommendations for the Study. More information about that public meeting will be provided as it becomes available. 

Please contact the Planning Department for more information. 

Highway 17 Charrette Drawings

US 17 Corridor Plan Public Workshop

 

 

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