County Administrator

Organization: Beaufort County, South Carolina
Salary: Negotiable, DOQ. The County offers excellent benefits.
Close Date: August 14, 2017

Job Description:

Beaufort County is located in the southeastern corner of the State of South Carolina known as the “Lowcountry.” It is nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The County is composed of hundreds of barrier and sea islands. Its warm climate, pristine beaches, vibrant Gullah traditions and true southern hospitality welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Beaufort County is home to the famous Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the internationally known luxury resort of Hilton Head Island. Vast expanses of marshlands and lush maritime forests create spectacular scenic vistas and rich habitats for egrets, herons, pelicans, dolphins and other marine wildlife species. With a land area of approximately 637 square miles, Beaufort County stretches nearly 30 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and includes 64 major islands and hundreds of small islands.

Beaufort County is one of the fastest growing areas in South Carolina. Its population grew from 86,425 in 2000 to more than 175,852 in 2015. The County has a balanced and very stable economy, created by a diversity of public and private employers, with the unemployment rate well below the statewide average and that of the neighboring counties. The local tax base has grown an average of approximately 2% per year over the last five years (discounting the reassessment year).

Beaufort County was formed in 1785. It operates under the Council/Administrator form of government with Council members elected for four-year terms from each of the eleven single-member districts. Beaufort County has 44 different departments. Services provided include general administrative services, tax assessment and collection, courts and criminal justice administration, economic development; law enforcement, detention center, emergency medical services, emergency management, building codes enforcement, animal services, facilities and grounds maintenance, roads and drainage, engineering, solid waste, mosquito control, alcohol and drug abuse programs, disabilities and special needs programs, veterans’ services, social services, library, parks and leisure services and education subsidies. In addition to the Beaufort County Council members, citizens elect the Auditor, the Clerk of Court, the Coroner, the Sheriff, the Solicitor and the Treasurer. The 2017 County Budget totals $114,986,003. There are 1147 full time equivalent County employees. Visit Beaufort County on the web at http: //

The County Administrator is appointed by the Beaufort County Council and serves at its pleasure. Powers and duties of the position are set in state law and include serving as the County’s chief administrative officer; implementing policies, directives and legislative actions adopted by the council; directing and coordinating operational agencies and administrative activities of the County government; preparing the annual operating and capital improvement budgets for submission to the Council; supervising the expenditure of appropriated funds; preparing annual, monthly and other reports for Council on finances and administrative activities of the County; the administration of County personnel policies including salary and classification plans approved by council; employment and discharge of personnel and the performance of such other duties as may be assigned by the County Council.

Requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (Masters preferred) and a minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible local government management experience gained in a community with similar complexity to Beaufort County. The successful candidate will be politically astute, have exceptional interpersonal skills and enjoy community involvement. He or she will clearly possess and apply superior management and leadership abilities. Some private sector management experience as well as experience gained in a diverse community are pluses but are not required. Proven expertise in economic development is also a plus. Must have excellent interpersonal skills.

The beginning salary for the position is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. County benefits are excellent. Interview costs and relocation assistance will be provided by the County.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is August 14, 2017. Review of résumés will start immediately. To apply, please send a letter of application, detailed résumé and current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin or David Krings
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Electronic responses are strongly preferred.

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