Cronin among final 3 candidates for Fort Mill Town Manager

mharrison@fortmilltimes.comNovember 1, 2012 

— Town Council held a special Thursday to discuss a final list of candidates for Town Manager.

Council called a meeting for 7 p.m. to discuss scheduling second interviews for three of seven candidates who already met with Council the past couple of weeks. The final three candidates include current Fort Mill Assistant Town Manager Joe Cronin, Beaufort County Deputy County Administrator Bryan Hill and Nolan Wiggins Jr., the city manager of Abbeville, population 5,000.

Current, longtime Town Manager David Hudspeth gave his notice this past summer and will be stepping down effective Feb. 1.

Cronin, who’s been on the job for more than three years, said he met with council for “a little over an hour or so” and that since they all know him so well professionally by now the most interesting thing that came up was a personal anecdote.

“They asked me that standard question you get at any interview – ‘tell us something about yourself’ and I told them about how I came to South Carolina to go to USC where I was enrolled in the PhD program in political science,” Cronin said.

He also discussed some of the progress and projects he’s been involved in since he was hired by the town and that “there’s still a lot more to do.”

Hill has been in that position since 2008, according to his resume, on which he lists a dozen key accomplishments, including “overseeing a $375 million budget and more than 800 staff,” “completing $180 million in roadway projects” and “instituted a five-year budget model and detailed operational analysis.”

Wiggins has been in his present job since 2007. His resume says he established a K-9 narcotics unit for the Abbeville Police Department and initiated the construction of a new fire house, among other accomplishments.

The meeting tonight is an “executive session,” which means the discussion will be in the Council chambers rather than in front of the public. Members of the public are invited to attend but likely all they will see is a vote to go into the closed door meeting and a vote to end the meeting.

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