At present, Pickens County has an unelected Administrator chosen and hired by the consensus of our elected County Council. He is not held accountable by the voters of Pickens County directly.
The below post was made about Greenville County Council which has the same governance system in place as Pickens County which is "Council-Administrator" form of governance. Our present Pickens County, SC Administrator is Ken Roper, and he has operational control over county affairs. He is held accountable to the council and can only be removed by them.
The only way the voters in Pickens County can hold Mr. Roper accountable to his decisions is to complain to their councilman. Our hired Administrator actually has complete operational control over all our county affairs. The question for us Pickens County voters is...
Is this the BEST governance form to have in our county which gives we the people a better county?
Perhaps it's time we all start to think about the above question.
The below post was made on Facebook by a Greenville County voter about their county governance system. And since we here in Pickens County have the same type of County Governance in place, it is definitely worth debating the points made in this Facebook post below.
So let us know your thoughts in the comment section
The Facebook Book posted states:
"The SC State Constitution authorizes the General Assembly to define the structure and powers of county governments; and it limits to five the legal forms of county governments (Art. VIII, Sec. 7). State law (in Title 4, Chapter 9) provides five possible forms of county government: (1) Council; (2) Council-Supervisor; (3) Council-Administrator; (4) Council-Manager; and (5) Board of Commissioners. Greenville County uses the Council-Administrator form, which was recognized by the legislature as its then-current form when the county government statute was last revised in 1976. It has remained unchanged since then.