Madison Selects Tim Bennett As New City ManagerJan 12th, 2012 | By Staff | Category: Front Page
By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In a brief meeting on January 11, Madison’s city commissioners chose Tim Bennett of Allendale, South Carolina, as the new city manager. Bennett was selected on the second ballot from a field of four candidates.
Following the vote, Mayor Jim Catron contacted Bennett by phone to relay the news. Bennett agreed to accept the position and said that he will give three weeks notice to leave his post as county manager in Allendale County. City Attorney Clay Schnitker made arrangements to meet with Bennett to set up negations for his contract.
The commissioners spent some time reviewing details of the new contract. Some stipulations include provision of a car and cell phone, pursuing a professional certificate, retirement compensation, outside employment, and beginning salary negotiations at $71,000. Bennett is expected to be present for the next regular commission meeting on February 14.
During his interview on January 10, Bennett said that his reason for seeking the post was that he and his wife are both Florida natives and want to be closer to relatives in the area. He showed an extensive knowledge of Madison’s budget, policies, and city practices. A Marine of 20 years, he spent several years in the South Carolina Department of Social Services, then worked as City Manager in Hilton Head and Bluffton during a period of growth. Responding to a question from Commissioner Rayne Cooks, he said, “At the end of my first year, I want to be known as someone who produces.”