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Mauldin hires new city administrator

Jason Thomas //October 31, 2022//

Mauldin hires new city administrator

Jason Thomas //October 31, 2022//

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Mauldin will soon have a new city administrator.

The Mauldin City Council appointed Seth Duncan to serve as the city administrator during a recent meeting, according to a news release from the city. Duncan will take over the responsibilities from Rebecca Vance, who has been serving as interim city administrator.

“I’m excited to join a great team of professionals dedicated to serving the citizens and businesses of Mauldin,” said Duncan in the release. “It’s an honor to be entrusted by Mayor Merritt and the City Council to fulfill their vision and continue to propel the community forward. As a former resident of the city, my family and I are looking forward to calling Mauldin home again.”

Duncan has experience with several other towns throughout the state and will be responsible for performing high-level administrative work under the direction of the city council and exercising supervision over municipal employees, the release stated. He will begin his new role on Nov. 28.

“I am proud to welcome Seth to the city of Mauldin as our newest team leader as our city administrator,” said Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt in the release. “He brings more than a decade of experience as a public manager and his expressed desire in seeking to establish and maintain trust with our Council, staff, business leaders and citizens should serve us well in strengthening our community.”

Duncan comes to the city with over a decade of experience as a public manager across the state, according to the release. In his most recent role, he served as city manager for the city of York, where he led the day-to-day management of the city which included eight departments, more than 100 full-time employees and a budget of more than $15 million. Additionally, he has worked for the town of Batesburg-Leesville as the assistant town manager where he worked alongside local businesses and residents to promote economic development, address aging infrastructure and build a strong community.

“Aside from being widely respected by his peers, Seth has been successful in cities like York, S.C., that are experiencing tremendous growth largely due to their locations,” Taft Matney, economic planning and development chair, said in the release. “He has been able to help those cities adapt and evolve with that growth and I look forward to him bringing his knowledge and experience to Mauldin as we continue to develop the City into the Mauldin we know it can be.”

Duncan earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the Ohio State University, according to the release. He is a member of the International City/County Managers Association, American Planning AssociationS.C. City County Managers Association and the S.C. Municipal Human Resources Association.