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Former Greenville Co. administrator hired to manage Richland government

Gerald Seals
Gerald Seals Newberry College

A former Greenville County administrator has been hired to succeed Richland County administrator Tony McDonald, who retired June 30.

Gerald Seals began work July 1 as the county’s interim administrator while a search is conducted for McDonald’s permanent replacement. The county administrator manages all the day-to-day operations of county government.

Seals, a business professor at Newberry College, served as Greenville County’s administrator from 1993 to 1999. Previously, he was a city and village manager in Covallis, Ore.; Springfield, Ohio; and Glendale Heights, Ill.

Seals is the founding pastor of Living Word Church and Fellowship on Two Notch Road in Columbia. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and Eau Claire High School in Columbia, Seals also has owned two businesses.

Richland County Council voted to hire Seals, without naming him, on an interim basis on June 9, the same day council members interviewed three candidates for the position and the same day The State newspaper requested the names and resumes of all three candidates.

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act requires that all materials relating to the final three candidates for a public job be made public.

The county provided Seals’ resume to The State on Friday morning. The other two candidates did not provide resumes to the county, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The other two candidates, according to County Council Chairman Torrey Rush, were Mark Reeter and Matthew Delk. Reeter has worked in the past as an administrator in Bedford County, Va., and Washington County, Va. Delk served as the Pickens County administrator in South Carolina for six months before an apparent falling-out with the county council in 2015.

Reach Ellis at (803) 771-8307.

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