Greer City Council narrows City Administrator field to three finalists

Shawn Bell

Shawn Bell

The City of Greer conducted a nationwide search for its new City Administrator and has narrowed the search from 59 applicants to three finalists.


The finalists, in alphabetical order, are Shawn Bell, Andrew Merriman, and Michael Sell.

Bell attended the University of Missouri, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University. He was assistant to the city manager for the City of Abbeville, from 2013-2014; city administrator for the City of Lake City, from 2014-2017; and city administrator of the City of Fountain Inn, from 2017 to present.

Andrew Merriman

Andrew Merriman

Merriman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn. He earned his master’s in city and regional planning from Clemson University. He served as the city manager for the City of Bluefield, from 2009-2012; deputy county administrator in Aiken County, from 2012-2016; and deputy county manager of York County, from 2016 to present.

Mike Sell

Mike Sell

Sell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and a master’s of public administration from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. He served as the sales supervisor at Sears Roebuck and Company, from 1987 to 1997; a local government analyst for South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, from 1997 to 2007; and assistant/deputy city administrator for the City of Greer, from 2007 to present.

Greer City Council members will interview the three finalists.

“Selecting the City Administrator has been a work in progress and we are excited about the finalists,” said Greer Mayor Rick Danner. “City Council understands the importance of both the position and the process. We are fortunate to have several strong candidates.”

The successful candidate will succeed City Administrator Ed Driggers, who plans to retire July 24 after serving the City of Greer for more than 20 years.


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