Horry County treasurer Angie Jones has hired Vivian Gosnell – the wife of new county administrator Steve Gosnell – to a position in her office.
The move comes as Horry County voted to make Steve Gosnell its new administrator – replacing Chris Eldridge, who resigned in April.
Remember Eldridge? Our readers do …
He blew the whistle on some seismic allegations involving Horry County council chairman Johnny Gardner. Those revelations prompted a high-profile bid on the part of Gardner to oust Eldridge, although he faced stiff resistance from a divided council.
Eventually, Eldridge was offered a lucrative taxpayer-funded settlement.
Sources supportive of Vivian Gosnell’s hiring tell us she is an experienced and competent bureaucrat who excels at building audit programs.
“She built the assessor’s office,” one source told us.
However, some are claiming the move is political payback – perhaps connected to another mushrooming local drama.
“She’s been trying to get out of the assessor’s office for years,” one of Gosnell’s detractors told us. “Nobody would hire her.”
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As for Jones, she defended her decision to hire Vivian Gosnell (above) – adding it was made before the latter’s husband got the county administrator gig.
“No one makes my decisions for me,” she told us. “I am not bought and paid for. I run my office.”
Jones added that her office is independently elected, meaning she does not report to the administrator.
Our view? We declined to take a position on the hiring of Steve Gosnell as administrator, nor are we taking a position on Jones’ hiring of Vivian Gosnell in her office.
Jones can hire or fire who she wishes – voters in Horry County will hold her accountable for those decisions. Similarly, voters will hold council members accountable for their decision to hire Steve Gosnell to the top administrative post in Horry County.
All we know is chronically corrupt Horry County is facing serious problems … and needs serious people to step up and solve them.
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