Just barely over one month after Damon Kempski resigned as Loris city administrator, a new person is about to take over that position, at least temporarily.
On Monday night, Loris City Council unanimously agreed to hire Dennis Drozdak as interim city administrator. He begins his new job Monday.
He is working as a contract employee, not an employee of the city. His salary has not yet been finalized but Mayor Todd Harrelson said it is budgeted.
Drozdak has been living in Blythewood, but before that he spent 13 years as city clerk and then administrator of the Town of Lyman, which is in Spartanburg County. He retired in 2015.
He was enjoying his retired life until his wife, Jean, passed away in March.
After the vote to hire him, Drozdak addressed the Loris city council and said he is ready to help the city work through some of the issues it faces.
One of his first tasks will be to get the city’s audits up-to-date.
“I have already reviewed the audit and next week I will be working with City Clerk Kenya Wright and then I have something I will present to you that will give you a better idea of where the City of Loris stands financially,” 69-year-old Drozdak told council.
He said he also has ideas about redirecting some money to recreation and police community projects.
Drozdak described himself as a “workaholic” who will be on the job 10 hours or more each day Monday through Thursday.
When asked if he would like the job permanently, Drozdak said, “I don’t think so.”
“I just want to get things going for the next person. I am a fix-it man. The Town of Lyman had some of the same situations when I took it over,” he said.
Harrelson said he recommended Drozdak after talking with leaders of the South Carolina Municipal Association as well as with Larry Chappell, the mayor of that town.
“They would really love to have him back in Lyman because he did such a good job,” Harrelson said.