three finalists - county post
Laurens County Council announced tonight 3 finalists for the county administrator's position being vacated this month. The finalists are Greg Alexander, Jon Caime, and Columbus Stephens.
Council discussed the finalists in a called meeting an hour before the 5:30 pm regular meeting. Council had a closed session discussion at the end of the regular meeting, and after less than 30 minutes in closed session, council returned with no decision. No timetable for announcing a final decision was given. Council is seeking a replacement for Ernie Segars, who is retiring.
"This might be my last meeting. I want to thank the county council for the opportunity of a lifetime to serve," Segars said.
"I want to thank Ernie for the job he's done," said former county council chairman Jim Coleman. "Twenty-seven years (Segars has worked for Laurens County), that's 600 council meetings, and no telling how many committee meetings and called meeting. I treasure Ernie's friendship - a job well done. I hope you have a happy retirement."
"The county will realize what it has lost when Ernie leaves," said council chairman Joe Wood. "He will surely be missed in this county."
Wood and other council members expressed condolences to the family of Laurens County Sheriff's Lt. Larry Young - Officer Larry, the DARE officer for local schools - who died suddenly on Sunday. Council approved resolutions designating March as Disabilities Awareness Month and April as Fair Housing Month. It approved a plan for mitigating natural and man-made disasters, a requirement to receive federal FEMA funds for disaster recovery. Council approved on final reading an ordinance designating D&W Fine Pack for the Octagon Industrial Park, and approved on first reading an ordinance to authorize Project Rain Boots, a Faurecia project that could result in a $48M acquisition and expansion. Council approved, in concept, the Lake Greenwood Master Plan, but left open the question of whether it will send money to Greenwood County to implement the plan and manage the lake, and deferred until budget discussions a proposal to expand animal control services with the Cities of Laurens and Clinton designating the Laurens County Department of Public Works as the county's dogcatcher.
Council agreed to buy land on Thompson Road, northern Laurens County, for a new fire station, but the contract (purchase price) is pending. This will be the first new fire station construction in a project of more than $2M to upgrade firehouses and services in the county, with the aim of lowering the county's overall ISO rating (resulting in an insurance savings for owners and residences and businesses). County Public Works Director Rob Russian said, "There are a lot of trees to clear, but nothing serious. It will take minimal site prep."
Council member Ted Nash said, "This is a good place for it. It's been farm land all my life, no landfills near it. It's a good location."