Reorganization at administrative level of Aiken County Government completed recently

Brian Sanders, left, was promoted from assistant administrator to deputy administrator during a recent reorganization of Aiken County government at the administrative level. Clay Killian, also pictured, remains the Aiken County administrator. 

There have been some recent changes at the administrative level of Aiken County government.

The reorganization involved promotions from within, title revisions, some new duties and increases in pay.

Brian Sanders, formerly the county’s assistant administrator, is the deputy county administrator.

Lynn Strom, the former director of the county’s Department of Finance, is the assistant county administrator/chief financial officer.

Joel Duke, formerly director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development, is the assistant county administrator/chief development officer.

Earlier this year, Ashley Jacobs, who was serving as an assistant administrator for the county along with Sanders, accepted the job of Beaufort County administrator.

She began working in Beaufort County in April.

“Brian will be getting more involved in the stuff that I have been involved in going forward,” said County Administrator Clay Killian. “Lynn and Joel are splitting most of Ashley’s duties. Lynn is over the delinquent tax collector, the assessor and procurement. Code enforcement and the county’s animal shelter fall under Joel.”

The reorganization officially took effect May 31.

In early April, Ashley Jacobs, who served as a county assistant administrator along with Sanders, left after accepting the Beaufort County administrator position.

Killian decided not to hire someone from outside Aiken County government to fill Jacobs’ vacant post.

“We have three people on our staff who have proven themselves as great employees and have the trust of County Council,” Killian said.

It was an opportunity to reward these folks and to save money.

“What we are finding is that the senior positions are difficult to fill at our current salary levels,” he continued. “Each position that we have filled had to be paid substantially more than the person that left, so I believe that trend would have continued if we had filled Ashley’s position.”

By promotions from within and dividing Jacobs’ former duties among current staff members, Aiken County saved approximately $105,000 in salaries and benefits, based on Killian’s calculations.

Sanders’ salary increased by $12,259.97, from $122,597.50 to $134,857.47.

Strom’s salary increased by $10,184.53, from $101,845.33 to $112,029.86.

Duke’s salary increased by $8,800, from $88,000 to $96,800.

Jacob’s salary as an Aiken County assistant county administrator was $111,099.

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @DBethBiles.