Temporary Resignation of City Administrator, Paul Gardner, for Purposes of PORS Retirement

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by sabed


July 17, 2017

CONTACT: Suzanne Abed‐El‐Latif

TEL: 843‐545‐4004

EMAIL: sabed@cogsc.com


GEORGETOWN, S.C. ‐ Georgetown City Council approved a new employment contract at last Thursday’s Council Meeting for City Administrator, Paul Gardner. The new contract outlined a termination of Mr. Gardner’s previous contract effective August 2, 2017, for a period of 30 days, in order to allow him to retire with the SC Public Employment Benefit Authority (PEBA) Police Officer Retirement System (PORS) and then a provision to rehire him effective September 4th, 2017.

Mr. Gardner meets the SC PEBA PORS Class Two Member retirement eligibility requirements of being age 55 or older on the date of retirement with at least five years of earned service credit.

The 30 day termination of Mr. Gardner’s contract is required by the SC PEBA, in order to satisfy the 30 day break of service requirement in order for Mr. Gardner to return to active employment. During this temporary separation of employment, Mr. Gardner will not be representing the City in any official capacity.

In the interim, Council has appointed City Finance Director, Debra Bivens, as acting administrator for the period of August 3, 2017 through September 3, 2017. All inquiries regarding City business should be directed to Ms. Bivens at 843-545-4036 or dbivens@cogsc.com.