Glynn County Manager Alan Ours is one of two finalists picked by Beaufort County, S.C., for its open county administrator position, and he plans to take the job if its offered.
“There’s a lot that goes into that decision, and we’re not at that point yet,” Ours said. “But I am committed to accepting the job if everything works out.”
Taking the job would be a step up career-wise, he said, but Ours also cited the beauty and quality of life of the area, as well as the cities of Beaufort and Hilton Head as reasons for pursuing the job.
“From a career standpoint, it would make a good career move,” Ours said. “They’re doing some cool things in Beaufort that are very exciting for someone in my line of work: economic development, protecting the environment, smart growth, things like that.”
Ours could know if he’s got the job as early as July 23.
“We’re probably going to invite the candidates back on the week of July 16. We have a meeting on July 23, when we may or may not make a decision,” said Paul Somerville, Beaufort County Council chairman.
Somerville said the county council’s conversations with Ours have, so far, gone well. Ours’ competition for the job currently works for York County, S.C., but that doesn’t give him an advantage. Ours previously worked in Pickens and Lexington counties in South Carolina, and Georgia has as much in common with South Carolina as any other state, Somerville explained.
Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy said Ours gave him and his fellow commissioners the news on Monday.
Murphy said he didn’t blame him for pursuing the position. Beaufort County is home to the cities of Hilton Head and Beaufort and multiple beaches, among other assets. He also noted personal attacks against Ours made by members of the public at county commission meetings and in paid political advertisements.
Ours took the Glynn County job in 2010, leaving his role as county administrator in Lee County.
Glynn County has weathered many events during his tenure so far. Ours said he’s most proud to have served through the economic recovery from the Great Recession, the passage of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016, Tropical Storms Hermine and Julia and Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, among other events.
Should the Beaufort County Council offer the job, he said he’ll miss working with county staff the most, adding that they gave him energy.
“If I do (get the job), I will cherish how blessed I was to work with the county team,” Ours said.