December 4, 2018
Greenwood’s deputy administrator on Monday formally came to terms with the City Council take over on a full-time basis later this week.
Julie Wilkie, 37, is set to become city manager effective Saturday. She’ll replace Charlie Barrineau, who announced his resignation last month after a nine-year tenure to take a job with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
After a brief executive session, the council unanimously voted to offer Wilkie the job. Officials said the contract would be made available today pending a final review by City Attorney Tripp Padgett.
Details of the agreement include an annual salary of $100,000 and a roughly $10,000 auto allowance, Mayor Brandon Smith told the Index-Journal.
Wilkie said last month she plans to relocate into the city.
Wilkie recently graduated from Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest leadership development program. Graduates successfully complete 120-plus hours of instruction in issues facing the state.
To date, more than 2,000 leaders have graduated from Leadership S.C., the only statewide program that explores a vast array of challenges facing the state, with solutions for improvement.
Wilkie, who helps run the South Carolina Festival of Discovery, has also played a key role in ongoing beautification efforts in the Uptown and has strong working relationships with city department heads and county officials, she said.
“I know the nuances of city operations, I have a rapport with the community and if you hire somebody brand new, it’s much more of a learning curve,” she said. “Greenwood is highly recognized in the municipal world for our Uptown, so it’s certainly a desirable job and being a part of it for the past nine years certainly gives me insight into that.”
With the council expected to approve a $15.87 million 2019 budget that includes a 6.5-mill tax hike, Wilkie said it was important for her to live within the city.
“I think the city manager should live in the city. I’m looking forward to it, actually. I know who’s going to come put my fire out and pick up my trash,” she said.
Contact staff writer Adam Benson at 864-943-5650.