Amanda Sievers, North Augusta’s interim planning director, is returning to the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, where she worked before taking the city job in August.
Her last day with North Augusta is Dec. 21.
Sievers, who resigned Dec. 5, said working for the city was “an awesome experience,” but her former employer offered her a chance to return to Aiken, where she lives. The new job is similar to what she did before as planning manager for LSCOG, but different enough to be more attractive, she said.
“I had to do a lot of soul-searching to make that hard decision to return (to LSCOG),” she said.
She said she wasn’t unhappy in the North Augusta job and dismissed suggestions that the planning department is understaffed.
“It’s not too much work,” she said. “They have a great staff. That was the hardest part of the decision, because they have great employees.”
Sievers was hired after former Planning Director Scott Sterling resigned in January. Former City Administrator Charles Martin, who now heads North Augusta Forward, filled in until Sievers was hired.
City Administrator Todd Glover said Thursday the city was still working on the interim between Sievers leaving and hiring a new director.
“More than likely, someone internally will fill the role immediately,” he said.