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July 28, 2014

Search firm begins to accept applications for new Myrtle Beach city manager

The executive search firm hired to help find a replacement for Myrtle Beach’s retiring city manager last week posted the job on various municipal job boards.

The executive search firm hired to help find a replacement for Myrtle Beach’s retiring city manager last week posted the job on various municipal job boards.

Slavin Management Consultants, based in Norcross, Ga., posted the job opening July 21 on the websites for the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the International City Manager Association. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 18, according to the job posting.

The job also is posted on the city’s website, www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

Myrtle Beach City Council is working with the management firm to replace city manager Tom Leath, who is retiring after 29 years with the city.

“Mr. [Robert] Slavin has met with council members individually and the department heads to get feedback from city staff,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said. “To get their thoughts on issues and challenges that a new city manager might face.”

Leath has said that he will do what he can to help make a smooth transition to the new leader. Myrtle Beach has two assistant city managers, John Pedersen and Ron Andrews.

“Tom is willing to stay through the end of the year,” Kruea said. “A mid-August [application] deadline gives a good bit of time for an early fall interview and they could have somebody in by October or November.”

Myrtle Beach operates as a council-city manager form of government, meaning the city manager is the chief executive officer of the city and is responsible for the day-to-day activities.

Representatives for Slavin said their contract does not allow them to discuss the search.

According to the job posting, the ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field – though a master’s degree is preferred – with experience as a CEO in a local government. “Experiences with tourism-based communities, sports tourism, economic development and major event management are strong pluses,” according to the job posting.

Slavin has placed city managers in Newark, Del., Snellville, Ga., and Rock Hill, as well as a city administrator in Georgetown, according to their website.

To apply for the job, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/citymanager.html.

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