Fivas a finalist for York County manager

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

Indian Trail Town Manager Joe Fivas is among the five finalists for manager of York County, S.C.

Monday, WSOCTV reported York County residents could attend a meet-and-greet alongside Fivas and the other candidates Monday. They are vying for the position left vacant in January after the departure of then-manager Jim Baker.

Indian Trail Council members knew he applied for the job.

“He called us about this time last week and made us aware of it,” Mayor Pro Tem David Cohn said. “We didn’t know where, but he did let us know about it and that it might soon be announced publicly.”

As Indian Trail manager, residents have criticized Fivas for almost everything he has done since taking the position in March 2010. There have been disputes between current and former council members. While the current council majority is not openly critical, that could change on election day. Cohn noted that at least three candidates have stated they would move to fire Fivas.

“I don’t blame the man for trying to better himself,” Cohn said.

Last month, the town council voted 3-2 to extend Fivas’s severance period from 9 months to 16 months.

WSOC reported that the other candidates are Robert Bartolotta, former city manager in Sarasota, Fla.; Rick Chaffin, former deputy city manager in McKinney, Texas; Stephen Layson, chief administrative officer, Bib County, Ga.; and William Shanahan, deputy administrator, Augusta, Ga.

Fivas holds a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Before coming to Indian Trail, he was city manager of Owosso, Mich., a town of about 20,000 residents.