Myrtle Beach: Alan Clemmons Comes Up Short In Bid For City Attorney

State lawmaker doesn’t get $150,000-a-year position …

South Carolina state representative Alan Clemmons was unsuccessful in his bid to become the next city attorney of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

After extensive closed-door negotiations, city leaders instead chose local attorney William A. Bryan Jr. for the post.

Bryan works in the Myrtle Beach offices of Collins and Lacy. A veteran of municipal law, he is a graduate of the University of South Carolina law school and Hampden-Sydney college in Virginia.

“On behalf of the full city council, we are excited to welcome Mr. Bryan as our next city attorney and very much look forward to working with him,” city mayor Brenda Bethune said in a statement.

Bryan’s term will begin on May 23 and last for one year. He will be paid $150,000 annually, not counting benefits. Bryan replaces Tom Ellenburg, who has held the post since 2000.


Last month, this news outlet reported on an alleged quid pro quo involving Clemmons and Bethune related to this position.

According to our sources at the S.C. State House, Clemmons has been pushing his fellow state lawmakers to choose Myrtle Beach realtor Brown Bethune as the next member of the S.C. Real Estate Commission.

Bethune – managing director of Tideland Commercial real estate – is mayor Bethune’s husband and a key member of her political team.

In exchange for Clemmons’ backing of her husband, the mayor was supposed to support his bid for the city attorney position.

Clemmons has represented S.C. House District 107 (map) in the General Assembly since 2003. Given his recent stumbles in that office – and in his personal financial dealings – we believe it is highly likely that he will face opposition in next spring’s Republican primary election.



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