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Averkin leaving county finance post | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 26, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

By GEORGE SALSBERRY
gsalsberry@lowcountry.com
Dennis Averkin is ending his five years with Colleton County government.
He has resigned as Colleton County finance director to become the Ridgeland town administrator.
Averkin was elected to the post during a Ridgeland council special session on Aug. 11 and submitted his resignation the next day. He will be leaving for his new post in late September.
In Colleton County government, a six weeks’ notice for a department head is standard, he explained.
Averkin said that he had not been actively seeking a new position. “They actually approached me with the idea.”
Averkin lives in Ridgeland, and the position became open when the former administrator left to become the county administrator in Fairfield County.
When he was approached, he said, “I gave it quite a bit of thought. I had discussions with them and it seemed like a really good opportunity.”
The decision, he explained, was bittersweet.
“This is a great place to work. I had a tremendous staff, a really supportive council. It is not an easy decision to leave a work environment like that.
“I have nothing but good to say about Colleton County. Its future is bright. There are so many good things happening here. Whoever comes in will be in a really good situation,” Averkin said.
“We have upgraded the county’s finances, improved the bond rating, gotten capital sales taxes behind us. A lot of the heavy lifting is already done — they are going to be in a good position.”
His personal and professional relationship with Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin will continue as he moves on to Ridgeland.
“We part on good terms. Kevin will continue to be my sounding board. He has been very gracious and supportive. I owe a lot of my success to him,” Averkin said.
The two worked together in Hardeeville city government for a number of years before reuniting in Colleton County government. “We established a good working relationship.”
As town administrator, Averkin explained, his role will be “similar to Kevin’s role, but on a much smaller scale.”
Because he has worked in municipal government in Hardeeville and spent two years as Walterboro finance director, Averkin said, he will be hit the ground running when he assumes the Ridgeland post. “They don’t expect me to come in and crawl.”
Averkin moved from Walterboro finance director to the Colleton County administrator five years ago. “I was not recruited as Colleton County finance director but since I had the experience, I got plugged into this role.
“It has been a great ride,” Averkin said.

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