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Kershaw hires Walters as administrator

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By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has a new administrator.
Rick Walters was hired June 20 as the successor to Bryan Pettit, who announced he’s stepping down to take a job elsewhere in the county.

Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes said Walters’ first official day is Monday, July 1, though he’s already been at Town Hall getting acclimated.

“We wanted to hurry up and get somebody before Bryan left,” Rhodes said. “(Walters is) not going to be starting off in the dark.”

For Walters, his career is sort of coming full circle.

His first job was in Kershaw at the former Springs Industries textile plant. He later worked for the company in Lancaster, eventually moving into a management position.

Most recently, the Clemson University graduate served as athletics director for the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

“He knows how to manage people,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said about 20 people applied for the administrator’s job in Kershaw. That pool was narrowed down to a group of four, who were each interviewed.

Town Council voted unanimously to hire Walters.

“I think he’s good for the town of Kershaw,” Rhodes said of Walters, who was unavailable for comment for this story. “I think he’s going to blend in very well.”

Several weeks ago, Pettit let town officials know that he’d be resigning at the end of the month to take another job.
Pettit, who was Kershaw’s administrator for a little more than a year, was hired to replace Tony Starnes. Starnes was Kershaw’s administrator for about nine years. He now works part time as the administrator for the town of Heath Springs.