GREER, SC – The City of Greer concluded its nationwide search for a new City Administrator Tuesday night as Greer City Council appointed Andrew Merriman, Deputy County Administrator for York County, to assume the position beginning Aug. 3.
Merriman was among 59 applicants and three finalists for the post. He will replace Ed Driggers, who is retiring following 20 years of service to the City of Greer.
“After an extensive search the Greer City Council was fortunate to have three excellent, well-qualified finalists including Mr. Merriman,” Greer Mayor Rick Danner said. “Through the process of vetting our finalists, Mr. Merriman’s education, job experience, understanding of the position and vision for the future convinced Council he was the best fit to lead Team Greer. Council’s unanimous vote last night indicates our support of Mr. Merriman as Greer’s next City Administrator.”
In his new role as Greer’s City Administrator, Merriman will be responsible for all municipal departments and operations. Reporting directly to City Council, he assumes responsibility for developing and implementing City policies and procedures to ensure the proper and responsible management of all City operations, resources, and services.
He also will be responsible for administering a $30 million budget and supervising, directing, and evaluating the work of City department managers. The City's annual budget is supported by more than 300 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.
A native of Mauldin, Merriman said his upstate roots made the City of Greer’s chief administrative officer position an attractive one.
“I grew up in Greenville County and my professional life led me away to other places, but we really wanted to focus our efforts on getting back home,” Merriman said. “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the great things happening in Greer.”
His new role will not be unfamiliar as Merriman served as City Manager in Bluefield, W.Va, from 2009-12. He returned to South Carolina as Deputy County Administrator for Aiken County from 2012-16 before accepting his current position in York County.
Merriman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., and a master's in city and regional planning from Clemson University.
He and his wife Kati are the parents of daughter Kelsey (13) and son Jack (12).