Georgetown County Council voted on three finalists for a new administrator at the end of a day-long workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

In no particular order, the finalists are Brian Tucker, David Garner and Ray Funnye.

Tucker and Funnye are both current county department heads. Tucker is director of Economic Development for Georgetown County. Funnye is Director of Public Services for the county.

Garner is County Director for Abbeville County. That’s in the northwestern part of South Carolina, along the Savannah River and the border with Georgia.

Funnye has been with Georgetown County for more than 20 years.

His responsibilities include Georgetown County street and road maintenance, drainage systems and stormwater, the landfill, recycling and collections, building and grounds maintenance for county facilities, airport operations and capital projects management.

Tucker came to Georgetown County from North Augusta, S.C. to serve as president of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce in mid-2012.

He became the county’s Director of Economic Development in January 2014.

Garner was named as Abbeville County Director in June 2017.

He had served as administrator for the Town of Calhoun Falls in that county since November 2016.

County Council began its meeting Oct. 9 at 8:45 a.m. They spent most of the day interviewing five candidates from a group of almost 40 applicants. Of the other two candidates who were interviewed, one was from Georgia and the other was from South Carolina.

Public meet and greet

Members of the public will be able to meet the three finalists Wednesday, Oct. 16. A “Meet and Greet” will be held at the Howard Center, 1610 Hawkins St. in Georgetown from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Plans as of now are for each of the three finalists to offer remarks to the public. That will begin about 6:15 p.m. and each man will speak for about five minutes.

While this will not be a County Council meeting, all seven members of Council plan to be present.

Final selection

Georgetown County Attorney Wesley Bryant said that the idea right now is that on Tuesday, Oct. 22, “by the end of the meeting the goal will be to take a vote and offer one of those the position of administrator.”

That will be the date of the next regular meeting of County Council, which is held in the old Courthouse at 129 Screven St. in Georgetown.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Current County Administrator Sel Hemingway announced his retirement in late May, which will be effective in January 2020.

Hemingway will turn 66 in that month.

Following the vote, Council will work out an agreement with the new administrator and select a beginning date. Previously, Hemingway had told the Georgetown Times / South Strand News that if possible he would like to work with a new administrator for a period of time to familiarize himself with Georgetown County.

That timing would, of course, depend on who Council selects as the next administrator.