County administrator speaks about resignation
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Darlington County is temporarily without a chief executive after the Monday, August 8 resigna-tion of county administrator Terence Arrington.
Darlington County Council convened a special meeting the morning of August 8 and postponed a vote to renew Arrington’s employment contract. Following a discussion in closed executive session, council adjourned the meeting without taking any public action on the contract. By afternoon, reports began to surface that Arrington had decided to resign after council opted not to renew his contract.
Council chair Bobby Hudson confirmed for the News and Press that council had decided not to renew Arrington’s contract, which was set to expire in February of 2017. He said Arrington initially seemed willing to work the final six months of his term, but changed his mind and decided to leave immediately. The remainder of his salary – approximately $50,000 after taxes – will be paid to him regardless.
In an email Tuesday afternoon, Arrington wrote the following:
“Yesterday afternoon several articles pertaining to my employment status with Darlington County were released to the public. I’m disappointed County Council decided not to renew my employment contract or provide an official performance evaluation to justify their decision. After the executive session meeting on Monday adjourned, I had time to consult with my Attorney and consider what is best for the community, organization and myself. I advised Chairman Hudson that if the offer (to receive the remaining six months of salary) was still on the table, I would meet with the County Attorney to work out the details. After my meeting with the County Attorney, I agreed to accept County Council’s proposal. It has been a pleasure serving the residents of Darlington County!”
Arrington, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, served as administrator since February of 2015. He was initially hired with a two year contract paying $100,000 the first year and $105,000 the second year. He previously served as assistant city administrator in Salisbury, Maryland, a job he held for approximately one year before leaving to come to Darlington County.
All eight County Council members were present for August 8 contract deliberations, including Hudson, vice chair Robbin Brock, and council members David Coker, Wilhelmina Johnson, Bobby Kilgo, Le Flowers, Mozella “Pennie” Nicholson, and Dannie Douglas.
Hudson said that Darlington County Economic Development Partnership director Frank Willis will serve as interim administrator until a regular interim person is hired. Council scheduled a meeting for Tuesday August 9 at 5 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex to further discuss the matter.