CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – State Rep. Alan Clemmons withdrew himself from the Horry County administrator hiring process.
Rep. Clemmons announced on Monday he was withdrawing from the search. “While the process was engaging and respectful, after considerable reflection, I’ve decided for personal reasons to withdraw my name from Council’s consideration,” Clemmons said.
Horry County Council is expected to vote on the hiring of a new county administrator on Tuesday, according to the council’s agenda.
The remaining candidates include:
- William “Jon” Caime, Laurens County Administrator
- Steve Gosnell, Horry County Interim Administrator
- Wayne Gray, senior vice president, Synovus Bank, Myrtle Beach
- William Shanahan, York County Manager
Council chair Johnny Gardner wanted the five candidates to be interviewed publicly, but most council members disagreed. Gardner posted on Facebook previously, accusing several members of “effectively attempting a coup” to make interim administrator Steve Gosnell the permanent administrator before conducting the interviews.
At the last meeting, council member Johnny Vaught, who represents the Forestbrook area, moved to go into executive session for the interviews. After about five minutes of contentious discussion, council voted 10-2 in favor of the executive session. Then, they started interviewing the candidates privately in a conference room.
Gardner confronted Vaught before council voted.