One of the three finalists for the Horry County Administrator’s positions is Chris Eldridge, the current Georgetown City Administrator.
The other two finalists are Marty Lawing, currently the Brunswick County, NC administrator and John McCue, business development manager for Allen France and Associates in Orange City, Florida.
The Horry County Administrator post — which oversees more than 1,800 employees — has been vacant since John Weaver left in November.
Steve Gosnell, the county’s head of infrastructure and regulation, has held the position as an interim since Weaver’s departure.
Eldridge is out of town and has been unreachable for comment.
Mayor Jack Scoville said the fact Eldridge is a finalist “speaks highly of him.”
He said he understands why Eldridge wants the job.
“His salary would be about 50 percent higher than what it is now. He has a teenage daughter and a baby on the way,” Scoville said, adding Georgetown has always been a place where people go as they climb their career ladders.
“Because of the kind of city we are, we get people on the way up or looking towards retirement,” Scoville said.
He said he has heard very few complaints about Eldridge’s job performance since he was hired in March 2009.
“Four years ago we had council chambers full of people demanding we fire the (former) administrator. Now, we hear almost no complaints,” Scoville said.
Horry County Council will interview the three finalists once again May 15.
It has not been announced when a final decision will be made.
By Scott Harper
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