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KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is once again looking for an administrator.
Last week, Bryan Pettit informed Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes that he is stepping down from the position to take another job.
Pettit didn’t want to go on the record with the name of his new employer.
For right now, though, he will tell the public that it’s a manufacturing company in Lancaster County.
Pettit’s last day with the town is June 30. He starts his new job July 1.
“He’s one of the most honest and most professional people I’ve ever worked with,” Rhodes said. “We hate to lose him, but I understand.”
Pettit said he wasn’t looking a new job. Rather, he was sought out for this position.
“Just one thing led to another,” Pettit said. “They made an offer, and it was something I couldn’t turn down.”
Pettit was hired in April 2012 to replace Tony Starnes, who had served as Kershaw’s administrator for about nine years. Pettit was one of more than 20 people who vied for the position. Some applicants were local, while others were from states including Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and Wyoming.
This was Pettit’s first government-related job, as he spent many years working for Springs Industries.
“It’s been great,” Pettit said about the administrator’s job. “It was a learning experience.”
Pettit said Town Council and the town employees have been great to work with.
He’s happy to have been part of the effort to update Town Hall computer hardware and software.
He’s also glad to see funds allocated (and some improvements already made) for projects at Stevens Park, such as the bowling alley renovations.
He also mentions the upcoming water line-replacement project and the anticipated operations at Haile Gold Mine as other bright spots.
“I think there are a lot of things on the horizon for the town of Kershaw,” he said.
Pettit said he’s using the time now to leave things in order for his successor.
Unlike last year, a new administrator won’t have to come on board during the middle of the budget planning.
Meanwhile, the administrator’s position is being advertised through the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Rhodes said he would like to identity Pettit’s successor before July 1.
Rhodes said he will miss Pettit.
“I’m proud to have worked with him,” Rhodes said. “He’s benefited us extremely.”
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152