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List of Final Five Applicants for City of Columbia 

The State published an article containing the final 5 candidates for the City of Columbia's City Manager position.

Here they were.

Allison Baker, senior assistant city manager, Columbia. Experience in city government: 25 years total; 16 years with the city of Columbia, 5 with the city of Richmond, Va., 4 with the city of Suffolk, Va.

William Patrick Pate, assistant city manager, High Point, N.C. Experience in city government: 28 years total; 14 years with the city of High Point, 12 with the city of Greensboro, 2 with the city of Winston Salem

Leonard Frank Ragan, former city manager, McKinney, Texas. Experience in city government: 33 years total; 2 years with city of McKinney, Texas, 17 years with the city of Aurora, Colo., 10 years with the city of Bloomington, In., 4 with Henderson, N.C.

Jonathan “Fox” Simons Jr., city administrator, Easley. Experience in city government: 11 years total; 6 with Easley, 5 with Greenville

Teresa Wilson, assistant city manager, Columbia. Experience in city government: 5 years, 11 months total, all with the city Columbia. Also worked 1 year in the USC president’s office as coordinator of government and community relations

The State also posted the Manager's experience of cities referenced to salary

Columbia, S.C. – pop. 130,591

General fund budget: $300 million

Estimated number of employees: 2,200

City manager’s salary: $190,000

Years of experience: 5 years, 11 months total with city of Columbia. Also, 1 year in university government and community relations

Greenville, S.C. – pop. 60,379

General fund budget: $136 million budget

Estimated number of employees: 1,000

City manager’s salary: $158,704

Years of experience: 2 years, 6 months as city manager; 4 years, 2 months as deputy city manager/chief operating officer; 2 years, 10 months as assistant city manager; 17 years total with the city

Coral Springs, Fla. – pop. 123,338

General fund budget: $66 million

Estimated number of employees: 768

City manager’s salary: $205,000

Years of experience: 2 years, 2 months as city manager; 10 years as deputy city manager; 10 years 2 months total with the city

Raleigh, N.C. – pop. 416,468

General fund budget: $430 million

Estimated number of employees: 3,000

City manager’s salary: $232,800

Years of experience: 12 years as Raleigh’s city manager; 8 years as Rock Hill’s city manager; 4 years as Rock Hill’s assistant city manager; 4 years as Clinton’s city manager; 31 years of municipal management experience

Greensboro, N.C. – pop. 273,425

General fund budget: $450 million

Estimated number of employees: 3,000

City manager’s salary: $175,000

Years of experience: 4 years as city manager; 1 year as interim city manager; 3 years as assistant city manager; 13 years of public-private economic development experience prior to municipal government experience


Credit to Mindy Lucas of The State who tracked down all this data

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More Columbia Tax Dollars Going to Waste on Supermarkets?

Proposed Site of Farrow Road Shopping CenterColumbia City Council has a new plan for sparking life into one of NoCo traditionally troubled community, The Farrow Road area. The new beacon of hope? An unnamed Grocery store and Shopping plaza.

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Goals for Teresa Wilson's First year

Our new City Manager. Photo from Fox Midlands ConnectLets face it. It got ugly at Columbia City Council on Tuesday.

The dissention over the appointment of Mayor Benjamin's ally Teresa Wilson spilled into the adoption of the salary. Mayor Benjamin felt the need to respond to a State Paper's article that the posting was changed to fit Ms. Wilson's resume. I know Councilman Plaugh felt blindsided by it and responded. This is what happens when you have to judge the future of people you are very close too.

This is all behind us now.

Rather than focus on the past appointment lets focus on the future. For the city manager to succeed they need guidance on just what council wants and finds most important.

I recommend that council give her measurable goals to all areas of city development. For example

  • Improving Water and Sewer maintenance backlog
  • Obtaining Federal and State Grants development grants
  • Improving city roads
  • Implementing the Chamber of Commerce recommendations on Initial Business Licensing
  • Continue to cut excess positions by allowing retiring positions to be eliminated where possible.

Teresa Wilson is qualified and more importantly she is the future of the city. Lets give her some goals and hope she continues in the tradition of Steve Gantt's as a great city manager.


Steve Benjamin Quietly Helps Neighbors at West Ave Apartments

I came upon a story on twitter about a woman whose heat was out in New Jersey.




It got me thinking. Why can't stuff like that happen here in Columbia? Mayor Booker is just using social media to answer community requests and respond to concerns. I want MY mayor

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Strong Mayor Returning to Columbia in 2013

From Free Times - Mayor Benjamin and Councilwoman DevineWith the offer of Teresa Wilson as the City of Columbia City Manager interest in Strong Mayor was revived last week.

ColumbiaCents has learned from multiple sources

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