PICKENS COUNTY – Gerald Wilson has been named the new county administrator following a 6-0 vote by Pickens County Council on July 18.
Wilson, who has worked for the county in various capacities over the past 23 years, will take the reins from interim administrator John T. Hendricks beginning next month with a two-year contract. Wilson was most recently the Pickens County public works director.
The hiring of Wilson marks the end to a nearly two year quest to fill the position since the controversial departure of Matthew Delk only six months into his contract.
Delk was replaced on an interim basis by county finance director Ralph Guarino before the county hired David McNeill last December, who was working as operations manager for Transylvania County in North Carolina.
But things didn’t work out there either and McNeill declined to take the position citing “family considerations.”
The county then appointed former Pickens County administrator Tom Hendricks back to the job until a suitable candidate could be found to take the position on full time.
According a statement released by the County, Wilson began his career with Pickens County in February of 1992 as a motor equipment operator. Five years later, Wilson was promoted to transportation supervisor for the recycling department before being named recycling coordinator for the county in 2002.
In 2004, he was promoted again to solid waste director where his responsibilities included supervising the daily functions of the recycling department, the landfill post closure care, C&D landfill, the county transportation station and waste transportation needs.
In 2008, Wilson took over as the roads and bridges director in addition to his position as solid waste director. Four years later, Wilson added Pickens County public works director to his list of responsibilities.
Currently, Wilson is division leader for roads and bridges, solid waste, recycling, vehicle maintenance, building maintenance, animal control, the County stockade and the engineering department.
“In the one and a half years that I have been on Pickens County Council, I have been impressed with Gerald’s professionalism,” said County Councilman Ensley Feemster. “He understands technical issues that have to be dealt with, as well as dealing with staff and the public.”
It has not yet been made clear whether Wilson’s hire as administrator is in addition to or in lieu of his current job titles.
“I am proud to further serve Pickens County and look forward to working with the new County Council,” said Wilson. “I want to thank County Council for having faith in me to do the job. I’ll try my best to not disappoint them. During the next two years, it will give new council members 18 months to get adjusted to their roles and determine where they want to go with the Administrator position after my contract expires.”
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