Man hired, then dropped, is paid as county consultant

September 23, 2018

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A consultant is being paid to work for a South Carolina county, even after officials voted to hire and then drop him as administrator.

The Island Packet reports Beaufort County has paid Josh Gruber $24,000, and he could receive another $12,000 per month.

A contract says Gruber will consult on an “ongoing and unlimited” basis for Beaufort County government from Aug. 6 through Oct. 8. The contract can be extended every 30 days.

It was signed July 24 by Gruber and Beaufort County interim administrator Thomas Keaveny. That happened a day after a county council meeting in which Gruber, who was no longer a finalist, was chosen as the county’s new administrator. Less than an hour later, council members voted to hire a different candidate, who rejected the offer.

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