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New county procurement Director introduced during meeting

County Administrator Kevin Griffin introduced Colleton County’s new Administrative Services/Purchasing Director Kevin Averkin during the September 5 Colleton County Council meeting. “We’re glad to add another fine person to our staff,” Griffin said.

Dennis Averkin

Averkin will be directly responsible for the county’s purchasing and administrative operations including facilities planning, contract and project management, administration, budgeting, and personnel. Averkin is now in a position that was created due to the retirement of long-serving Administrative Service Director Carla Daddieco. “Along with many of the administrative responsibilities, Mr. Averkin will help the county maintain its healthy financial position by focusing on strengthening and centralizing the procurement and capital planning functions,” Griffin said

Averkin has an extensive background in the financial field and Griffin said that this was one of many reasons that he was hired from a fairly extensive applicant pool. Most recently, Averkin was employed as the Director of Finance and Administration with the City of Walterboro. Before working in Walterboro, Averkin and Griffin worked together in the City of Hardeeville, where Averkin was the Director of Finance and Administration/Interim City Manager.

Averkin, who is also a Swiss citizen, served in that country’s army for four years, and was employed with Blue-C A.G. as chief financial officer in Zurich. He was also CFO at Alcoa, Incorporated. While in Switzerland, was additionally employed as the Research and Development Financial Controller with Serono Merk and was a Bond/Commercial Loan Analyst at the Bank of New York/Mellon. The latter two businesses are in Geneva.

Averkin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management from Clemson University and a Graduate Degree in Management and Finance from Purdue University.

In other business:

–A resolution to establish a fee structure for the rental of ball fields at the Recreation Complex was tabled for further study after Councilor Gene Whetsell suggested that Colleton County High School and Colleton Preparatory Academy be exempted from paying fees for the use of the fields.

Council Vice Chairman Stephen Murdaugh questioned whether teams renting the fields would have access to concessions. Myers replied they probably wouldn’t. Councilor Joseph Flowers noted that the concession stand needs to be used to recoup money spent on the project. He added that the stand should be manned by county employees and not leased out.

–During council’s time for public comment, Sheriff George Malone questioned the security measures provided by his office during games at the Recreation Complex. “Since I’ve served as sheriff, we have never come to an agreement on security. If we work our deputies, we have to pay them. I would like to come to an understanding on this issue. We need to know what’s expected so we can plan for this.”

–A resolution was passed to endorse the 2012 Community Development Block Grant, Community Enrichment Application for the demolition of two condemned buildings near the Colleton County Jail.

–No comment was heard during a public hearing on an ordinance that would provide an easement to South Carolina Electric and Gas on a portion of railroad right-of-way adjacent to Rivers Street owned jointly by the county and the City of Walterboro. The easement will allow SCE&G to construct, improve, and maintain a part of the utility’s distribution network. Council did not act on the ordinance due to the possibility of further revision.

–Second reading passed on an ordinance to authorize the rezoning of a 0.342 acre land parcel in Green Pond from Rural Conservation 2 to RC 1.

–Second reading passed on an ordinance to amend the county’s Code of Laws by repealing various chapters and sections.

–Heyward Horton, Jane Brewer, and Cliff Warren were named to serve on the county’s Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board.

–A resolution passed to authorize an agreement between the county on behalf of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for the provision of services by the Alcohol Enforcement Team.