State Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, is no longer pursuing the Horry County administrator position.
One of five finalists for the job, Clemmons contacted county council members late last week and told them he was withdrawing his name from consideration. Council members plan to make a hiring decision Tuesday. The other finalists are former York County Manager Bill Shanahan, Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime, former Myrtle Beach City Councilman Wayne Gray and interim county administrator Steve Gosnell.
Clemmons could not be reached for comment Monday.
Council chairman Johnny Gardner said he received a call from Clemmons on Friday. He said the representative told him he knew there weren't enough council votes supporting him and he didn't want to continue the process.
"He didn't want to put council through that," Gardner said.
Of the five finalists, Clemmons received the least support from council members during their evaluation of the 25 candidates who met the minimum qualifications for the job, according to records obtained by myhorrynews.com.
When council members were asked to rank their top five candidates before the interviews, Gosnell received the most support, with eight councilmen listing him among their top five. Shanahan appeared on the lists of six council members and Caime made an appearance on five. Gray and Clemmons each made the lists of three county officials, but Gray ranked higher than Clemmons on those assessments.
"He's a very qualified candidate," Gardner said of Clemmons. "He did a wonderful job in the interview."
After his June 26 interview, Clemmons said that if he did not become the county’s next administrator, he planned to seek another term in the State House. He has held the Myrtle Beach-centered post since 2003.
“I will continue to serve the people of District 107 and continue the level of service that they’ve become accustomed to,” he said last month. “It has been and it is a singular life’s honor to be able to represent that district in the South Carolina House of Representatives.”