Tony Starnes to step down in Kershaw

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Administrator worked for town since ‘03

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is now looking for a new administrator.

Tony Starnes, who’s held the position since September 2003, announced this week that he is resigning. His last day  is April 30.

Starnes, 62, said he’s ready to step aside. This will give him the opportunity to “either do something else” or simply enjoy himself while spending more time his family.

“After you work so long, you get to the point where you’re ready to go,” he said.

Starnes said he thought about it for a few months and decided over the weekend that now was the time to resign.

He gave Mayor Wayne Rhodes a resignation letter Tuesday.

“It’s been great. I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Starnes said Thursday. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot of things since I’ve been here – and that’s with the help of the councils.”

During his eight-plus years, Starnes said he’s proud of several town accomplishments, including the completion of a Streetscape beautification project, construction of a new town hall and expansion of the golf course.

He also points to upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant as a bright spot.

“We’ve done a lot of good things and I’m sure progress will continue to be made,” Starnes said.

Rhodes said he was shocked when Starnes handed him the resignation letter. The mayor asked if anything was wrong. 

After hearing that Starnes had no issues with the town or the council, Rhodes said he accepted and respected Starnes’ move.

Rhodes said Starnes has always been a true professional.

“He’s made the town run smooth,” Rhodes said. “He’s made things a lot easier.” 

Rhodes said finding Starnes’ successor is council’s main priority. 

The town is running newspaper advertisements and is networking with the state’s municipal association to attract quality candidates.

Starnes is expected to assist in the process. And while he’s still on board, Starnes will do as much as he can with plans for the 2012-13 town budget.

Rhodes would like council to decide on a new administrator before Starnes’ last day.

“We thank him for what he’s done,” Rhodes said. “We wish him nothing but the best.” 

Starnes was born and raised in Lancaster. Before working for the town of Kershaw, he spent more than 25 years with Springs Industries, working at various plants, including Springs locations in Virginia and Mexico.

In 2008, Starnes vied for the S.C. House 45 seat, losing to Fred Thomas in the Democratic primary. Deborah Long eventually won the seat.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152