Aiken County’s Jacobs hired as Beaufort County Administrator

March 9, 2019

Aiken County Assistant Administrator Ashley Jacobs will be leaving her position next month after accepting a new job.

In late February, Beaufort County Council voted unanimously during a special session to hire the Aiken native as the next Beaufort County administrator.

After a nationwide search, Jacobs was one of three finalists from the more than 70 applicants, according to a Beaufort County government news release.

Jacobs’ last day as an Aiken County official will be April 4.

“I have absolutely loved living in Aiken again and working for Aiken County,” Jacobs wrote in an email Tuesday to the Aiken Standard. “We have an excellent staff here of very talented and dedicated people, and I really enjoyed working for (Aiken County Administrator) Clay Killian and with our Council.”

Jacobs will begin working in Beaufort County on April 15.

She wrote that the position there “is a great opportunity for career advancement and a chance to manage a dynamic, fast growing community with an exciting future.”

But, Jacobs added: “I will miss Aiken because there are so many people here I love dearly, and it will always be home. At the same time, I’m looking forward to the challenges in Beaufort and the chance to lead a very complex organization and community.”

Jacobs joined an Aiken County government staff that included another assistant administrator, Brian Sanders, in 2017.

Previously, Jacobs had served as the executive director for the Greater Lake City Community Development Office in Lake City, deputy county administrator for Dorchester County, assistant county administrator for Richland County and senior environmental planner for the Central Midlands Council of Governments in Columbia.

“I hate to lose her,” Killian said. “She’s done a fine job since she’s been here. I’m happy for her and wish her all the best.”

The Island Packet newspaper in Bluffton reported that Jacobs would have a starting salary of $190,000 annually.

Beaufort County’s previous administrator, Gary Kubic, retired in September 2017.

After Kubic left, Beaufort County had three different interim administrators before Jacobs was hired.

“Beaufort County is pleased to welcome Ashley Jacobs to our organization and community,” said Beaufort County Council Chairman Stu Rodman in a prepared statement. “Selecting a county administrator is the most important hire Beaufort County Council undertakes. The knowledge, experience and leadership that Ashley brings to the table will help us continue to build upon our mission and achievements for both our workforce and county residents. We look forward to working with her.”

Jacobs is the first woman in Beaufort County’s history to be hired as county administrator, according to the Island Packet.

“She definitely will be missed,” said Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker of Jacobs. “She was a real asset to Aiken County. I think Beaufort County’s gain will be Aiken County’s loss.”