2018-01-03 / Front Page

County boss calls it quits

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

BELUEBELUEFollowing Tuesday’s Cherokee County Council meeting, Holland Belue responded to a question with a curt: “I have nothing to say.”

But the former Cherokee County administrator had plenty to say when he tendered his resignation before a packed council chambers.

Reading from a prepared statement, Belue requested council accept his resignation effective Jan. 19. Belue said he would be willing to mentor his successor if one is found before Jan. 19. He also requested he be compensated for any unused vacation pay.

He thanked council for the opportunity to serve as administrator, touted the accomplishments during his tenure and predicted a bright future for the county.

Curiously, no vote was taken on the resignation. When asked by county attorney Jim Thompson if a vote would be appropriate, Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer said Belue’s statement would suffice.

Belue said he was pursuing employment in the private sector but was vague on specifics.

The Gaffney Ledger reported last week that Belue was willing to stay with the county if council agreed to bring his present salary of $96,020 more in line with his job offer of more than $131,000. But no council member would comment on those negotiations.

Cherokee County Councilman Quay Little, who sparred with Belue on occasion, had nothing but praise for Belue after the meeting.

However, that wasn’t the case on social media where some less-than-kind remarks were made. Those remarks prompted Spencer to take the unusual measure at the beginning of the meeting to warn the crowd that anyone responsible for an outburst would be escorted from the meeting.

Belue, 37, joined Cherokee County as assistant administrator in December 2007 after working for the S.C. Department of Transportation for five years. A native of Landrum, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics from Wofford College in 2002.

After interim administrator Ben Clary resigned in June 2015, Belue assumed Clary’s title. He became administrator in August 2016.

Spencer said he wants to name an interim as soon as possible. One council member mentioned Clary as a possibility.

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