Originally created 06/02/01

Interim director selected

AIKEN - The Aiken County Council named Eugene Klugh, a former Edgefield County manager, as interim county administrator until a permanent manager can be found.

Mr. Klugh replaces Joan Wilson, who asked to be returned to her job as assistant county administrator. Mrs. Wilson had been interim director since Bill Shepherd retired Sept. 30.

Mr. Klugh, who now heads a consulting company, J.E. Klugh & Associates in Lexington, S.C., has more than 30 years' experience in local government.

His previous positions include Edgefield County manager, 1967-70; Fairfield County manager 1970-72; Florence County finance director, 1972-73, executive secretary of Greenwood County, 1973-77; and York County manager, 1977-93.

Mr. Klugh, 60, began his consulting company in 1993.

Aiken County Council met at 5:30 and then went into executive session. After the closed door meeting, they returned and voted to hire Mr. Klugh effective Monday.

Willar Hightower was the only member to vote against hiring Mr. Klugh.

After the meeting, Mr. Hightower said his no vote was against the process, not Mr. Klugh.

He explained that he had not received prior notice about the topic of the meeting, although some other council members had been told. "I had not come prepared to deal with this issue," he said.

After the meeting, council Chairman Ronnie Young said Mr. Klugh would be paid $50 per hour, the hourly rate for the administrator's position, plus mileage. He said he expected to have a new administrator hired in 60 to 90 days.

The council initially offered the permanent job to Robert A. Rojas, the city manager of Moultrie, Ga. He turned down the offer when he and the council could not agree on a contract.

The other two finalists for the job accepted other offers.

Reach Rick Green at (803) 279-6895 or scbureau@augustachronicle.com.


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