York County’s Bill Shanahan steps into new role as County Manager

Posted October 1, 2013 12:37 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

Monday morning — York County’s new County Manager officially stepped into his role at the helm of the county’s day-to-day operations.

Bill Shanahan comes to South Carolina by way of Augusta, Ga., following previous roles in municipal government as well as the military and law enforcement.

Shanahan tells WRHI he kicked off his first week with a series of meetings with senior staff and department heads.

Following a two-and-a-half year in Augusta and seven years in St. Mary’s Ga., Shanahan comes to York County with its 696 square miles and nearly 1,000 employees.

Shanahan retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 and says he’s not he type of leader that one might find kicking and screaming.

York County Council spent the better part of eight months searching for a new county manager following the resignation of Jim Baker in January.

After firing its search firm, council inked a deal with another firm that narrowed a pool of 40 applicants down to five.

Council unanimously selected Shanahan in August.