Horry County Administrator Steve Gosnell strategies to remain in his work for at minimum an additional calendar year.
Gosnell, the best-rating worker in county federal government, signed a 3-calendar year agreement in 2019, but that agreement supplied a few one-12 months extension solutions. When council associates reviewed Gosnell’s task guiding closed doorways Tuesday evening, they talked about him using the to start with of those people extensions.
“He has done a great occupation with the county,” Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner reported. “He’s place together a seriously superior employees and council is unanimously guiding him keeping on. The contract calls for a yr. As far as I’m anxious, he could remain yet another five many years.”
Though the council did not vote to increase Gosnell’s employment Tuesday, beneath his agreement they did not require to. The deal stipulates that in get for the administrator to acquire a one-12 months extension, he requirements to post a request in producing at the very least 4 months prior to the deal expires.
Gosnell’s deal was set to end on July 9 and he submitted his request for a just one-calendar year extension on Feb. 22, in accordance to county documents. After that request was designed, the council experienced 30 times to accept or reject it. If the council did not acquire any formal motion on the agreement, it was immediately renewed for yet another yr, in accordance to the settlement.
“I have set in put an excellent team of Senior Personnel and we have navigated the County Authorities via a world pandemic, unparalleled progress, and various serious temperature gatherings that prompted hardly ever in advance of found flooding in the County,” Gosnell wrote in his e mail to Gardner requesting that his agreement be renewed. “Employee morale is up and ‘Team Horry’ is much better than at any time. I would like to go on primary this team for a different 12 months.”
Gosnell’s wage is just beneath $215,000 and he gets an once-a-year $8,400 car or truck allowance. His extension does not contain a increase, however he would be suitable for the 5% elevate for all county workers which is involved in the proposed finances.
An engineer, Gosnell has labored for the county for approximately 30 a long time, together with twice serving as interim administrator. He was the assistant administrator around the county’s infrastructure and regulation division when his predecessor, Chris Eldridge, stepped down in April 2019.
At that time, Gosnell was tapped to serve as interim administrator and the county opened a research to fill its leading posture.
Whilst 45 folks applied for the job, 20 of them did not satisfy the minimum amount specifications. Council members reviewed the applications of the remaining 25, who represented 11 states. Twenty-3 had been adult males and two have been females.
The council whittled that list to five finalists.
By July, the council experienced voted 11-1 to present Gosnell the occupation, citing his record of company and his guidance from county staff.
Gardner cast the lone vote for an additional candidate, but this week he reported Gosnell experienced demonstrated himself over the very last a few years.
“One of the very best items that county council did since I’ve been chairman is get Gosnell that task,” he mentioned, crediting the administrator with tapping veteran leaders for assistant administrator roles. “Staff has done a authentic superior occupation and Gosnell has led the way.”
Councilman Harold Worley agreed.
“Steve has been quite responsive to the council as a total and personal council users,” Worley mentioned. “I know that to be a reality because that’s the way he treats me. And when I call in a trouble in my district, he’s pretty, quite responsive. And that’s one particular of the large matters is constituent company. … We have to have someone to back again us up. … So significantly, Steve, in my feeling, has accomplished a good task. Now there’s folks out there that never like him, but they regard him.”
By a spokeswoman, Gosnell declined to remark. With the extension, his deal expires on July 9, 2023.