Williston hires Aiken native as assistant administrator

Williston has hired a former Aiken city employee to be the town's assistant administrator.

Kenneth Cook will work alongside interim administrator Roger LeDuc while learning the job. After several months, town council will decide if Cook is ready to become the full-time administrator, LeDuc said in an email. His first day will be April 15.

Cook will begin working 10 hours a week at $40 an hour. His hours will gradually increase while LeDuc's decrease. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of the year, LeDuc said.

Cook, a native of Aiken, retired in 2010 as Aiken's human resources director. Before that, he was the city's superintendent of public works and assistant public works director, according to his resume.

The decision to hire Cook was made at council's regular meeting Monday after council members came out of closed session. Council voted unanimously to hire a candidate but did not immediately release the individual's name because he had not yet been notified.

Council interviewed three candidates for the position. The other two were Keith Sloan, who is an accountant and current member of Barnwell County Council, and Rose N. Dobson-Elliott, who was previously the county administrator for Bamberg and Hampton. She was also the deputy county administrator in Jasper, according to her resume.

LeDuc has been the interim administrator since February. He took over for Chris Carter, who left in early February to take the same job in Georgetown. LeDuc, the administrator for Edgefield, has been working part time in Williston.