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York County, S.C., Council picks Augusta deputy administrator for county manager

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 1:53 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:31 AM
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Augusta Deputy Administrator Bill Shanahan was selected Monday for the top government post in York County, S.C.

Bill Shanahan (left), the deputy city administrator for Augusta since March 2011,was selected Monday for the top government post in York County, S.C.  FILE/STAFF
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Bill Shanahan (left), the deputy city administrator for Augusta since March 2011,was selected Monday for the top government post in York County, S.C.

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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/20/13 - 02:19 pm
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Ole Fred will be looking to

Ole Fred will be looking to get another guy in to do the work fast. Remember when Fred went to that city in Florida and they called him back for a follow-up interview? Do you think their Commission had a sense of humor and wanted to see him again?

showboat
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showboat 08/20/13 - 03:11 pm
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Great !!!!!! Old Fred is all
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Great !!!!!! Old Fred is all along now!!!!!!!!

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 08/20/13 - 04:31 pm
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Congrats!
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He escaped the madness. I wish he could take Fred and several commissioners with him (although that wouldn't be far enough).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/13 - 04:47 pm
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Congratulations

Best wishes in York County. Come back in a year and do an interview with Susan McCord and let us know how things work in a functional county government.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/13 - 04:50 pm
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Great Opportunity

Hey, I just thought of a great idea! It is the perfect opportunity for our commission to interview people for assistant administrator, then select the best candidate, but offer them the job of administrator; then put Russell in the deputy administrator slot where Shanahan was and at Shanahan's salary.

It would only take six votes to do that.

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ragingbull 08/20/13 - 05:00 pm
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Little Lamb-Sometimes silence

Little Lamb-Sometimes silence can be your best friend.

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 08/20/13 - 07:10 pm
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LL
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Great idea!

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 08/20/13 - 07:18 pm
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Good For Him

I would run not walk to York County if I were him.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/20/13 - 07:28 pm
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Great for Mr. Shanahan!

He should hang some mistletoe in his belt on the backside.

That wasn't nice was it?

I can't imagine anyone who would want to work with our dysfunctional bunch of so called county leaders!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/20/13 - 07:38 pm
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He's right across the river

He's right across the river from me, I'll keep you posted.

jpbrig
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jpbrig 08/20/13 - 08:40 pm
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Lil lamb

Appoint Little Lamb administrator now that will be fun.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/21/13 - 06:05 am
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Don't you just KNOW he was

Don't you just KNOW he was doing the happy dance?

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rmwhitley 08/21/13 - 07:13 pm
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Augusta's
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most dysfuntional "leader" is marion barnes. Not a more useless waste of time and money, in my opinion and I don't live in Richmond county.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/13 - 09:26 pm
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Over the Top

Ragingbull posted:

Little Lamb-Sometimes silence can be your best friend.

Yeah, I know. I had taken an antihistamine pill about thirty minutes before this story was posted, and I was hopped up on the drugs. I'm calmer, now.

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