Horry County Council is getting ready to pick its new top employee.
On Wednesday, council will meet at 1 p.m. in Conway to interview five candidates for county administrator — the highest non-elected position within county government. The public is welcome to attend the special meeting, but if you can’t make it, it will also be broadcast on the County’s website.
The administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and leads the staff. The position reports directly to council and is one of two positions council directly hires.
Former Administrator Chris Eldridge departed in April and the search started in May. Following the month-long application process, Horry County’s Human Resources Department narrowed down candidates based on qualifications.
All five of the candidates still in the running are white men currently living in South Carolina. Horry County Spokesperson Kelly Moore said they did not collect the information of how many women or minorities applied. The elected county council board is made up of 12 men, one of whom is black.
Three of the five candidates have been involved in local affairs for years. Horry County Interim Administrator Steve Gosnell is looking to keep the job he has held since April. He is a long-time employee of Horry County and most recently served as an assistant administrator.
Applicant S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons has been a state representative for well over a decade. Clemmons is a lawyer in Myrtle Beach, where he most recently applied for the City of Myrtle Beach attorney position. If picked for the administrator position, he would no longer be in the Horry delegation to Columbia.
The third local candidate is former Myrtle Beach City Council Member Wayne Gray, who left office in 2018. He currently works as the senior vice president for Synovus Bank.
The final two candidates are county administrators. William “Jon” Caime currently serves as the administrator for Laurens County located near Greenville.
William Shanahan is the administrator in York County. He resigned from his position earlier this month and has been applying to other government positions in South Carolina.
No decision is scheduled to happen at Wednesday’s meeting. A finalist will be picked at a later meeting. Once hired, the new administrator’s salary and benefits will be decided based off qualifications and negotiations with council.