County administrator hire backs out of job

David McNeill

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

COUNTY — Pickens County Council members thought they had their man upon naming David McNeill as the new county administrator last month, but the hiring proved to be short-lived.

McNeill informed council members Tuesday he had decided to remain in his current position as county operations manager for Transylvania County, N.C.

“McNeill stated that he believed his family obligations would divide him between Pickens County and Transylvania in a way that was not fair to either. While council is disappointed with McNeill’s decision, they wish Mr. McNeill well as he continues to be a public servant in his chosen community.”

The news release added council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday and consider how to proceed with the administrator position at that time.

McNeill has 27 years of experience, 19 of those years in administrative management and the majority spent in Transylvania County.

Pickens County has been searching for a full-time administrator since last February, when the county and former administrator Matthew Delk parted ways after Delk was on the job less than six months.

Delk’s departure eventually led to a S.C. Law Enforcement investigation after allegations were made by councilman Neil Smith via email to clerk to council Donna Owen that Delk had used county resources illegally. However, no charges were filed.