Tom Ellenburg, Myrtle Beach city attorney

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said no consensus was reached on the four people interviewing for the city attorney job. She said the city council will be discussing the candidates again during an executive session soon.

The city council has a retreat at Magnolia’s at 26th scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Bethune said there will likely be an executive session on the agenda to discuss personnel matters.

Thomas Ellenburg has been the city attorney since May 1, 2000. His salary is $150,462 annually.

Ellenburg has said he will retire when his contract expires in June.

The candidates are state Rep. Alan Clemmons, Alicia E. Thompson, Joi Y. Page and William A. Bryan Jr.

Clemmons has been in the state House of Representatives since 2003. He is the founder and managing attorney at Clemmons Law Firm in Myrtle Beach. He is the chairman of the National I-73/74/75 Corridor Association.

“Thus far, the highlight of my professional service to Myrtle Beach has been, for over half that time, to represent her citizens in the South Carolina General Assembly,” Clemmons wrote in his cover letter to the city. “To apply my professional skills, at the close of my elective service and during this pivotal time in our city, to serving Myrtle Beach City Council as its members chart our city’s future course would, if offered, be the capstone of my career.”

Thompson is a partner with Burr Forman McNair. She founded Execu Vision, Inc., a nonprofit “now under the umbrella of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce” which connects and educates executive leaders on the Grand Strand.

“My experience has taught me that approaching a problem with common sense and from a place of understanding often leads to a resolution that is satisfactory to all parties,” Thompson’s cover letter states. “Although I have enjoyed my time at McNair and value the relationships that I have forged in the firm and with my clients, I would like to work in the public interest sector serving my community, either in government or in the nonprofit context.”

Page has been the assistant city attorney since 2000. She is a city prosecutor and the victim advocate division head.

“Throughout my career, I have appeared before Council, both at Council and at Workshop, in successful quasi-judicial matters,” her cover letter to the city states. “Early in my career here, I tried a lengthy televised hearing, to raze that old Bon Villa Hotel, before Council. I also conducted the matters before Council concerning a fourteen state sting against Asian Spas. That case involved human trafficking and prostitution. Fortunately, only one was located in our City, and Council promptly closed it after the testimony I solicited from our officers and FBI agents.”

Bryan is the partner in charge of the Collins & Lacy law firm Grand Strand office. He is a member of the South Carolina Trucking Association and the United States Tennis Association.

“My practice is almost exclusively defense oriented,” Bryan’s cover letter states. “For nearly 20 years, my job has been to evaluate and advise clients about risks, minimize client exposure, and negotiate outcomes. Since returning to the beach almost 10 years ago, I have proudly represented the City of Myrtle Beach in both State and Federal Court.”

Janet Morgan is the editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald. Contact her at 843-488-7258 or at janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com.

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