Shanahan, the deputy administrator over city operations since March 2011, was the unanimous choice of the seven-member York County Council to fill the open position of county manager, according to council Chairman Britt Blackwell.
Shanahan and fellow finalist Steve Layson, the chief administrative officer in Bibb County, Ga., were separated by “a razor-thin margin” as the council made its final decision, Blackwell said.
In the end, Shanahan’s sincerity and his ability to “talk from the heart” to council members won them over, he said.
Shanahan, a former boxer and the father of four, retired from the Air Force and began a career in Georgia local government in 1996. He did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Blackwell said that he had a verbal agreement that Shanahan would accept the position and that he hoped to have Shanahan working in York County within 45 days.