The city of North Augusta is down to its three final candidates for the vacant city administrator job, and all three have experience in the area.
The position has been open since former city administrator Todd Glover resigned for a job at the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The North Augusta Star obtained the list of finalists through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Rachelle Moody, who was hired by the city as assistant city administrator and is now the interim city administrator in North Augusta, is one of the finalists.
Moody came to North Augusta in June 2019 from Cayce, South Carolina, where she was the assistant to the city administrator. Moody is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice and Sociology, both from Wichita State University.
James S. Clifford, the current garrison commander for Fort Gordon, is also a finalist.
Clifford has been in his job at Fort Gordon since July 2018. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Rutgers University, and Master of Arts in information technology management from Webster University, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy with a concentration in cyber security leadership from National Defense University.
The city's release of three candidates included Ashley Jacobs, current county administrator in Beaufort County. Jacobs told the North Augusta Star Tuesday evening she is withdrawing from consideration for the position.
The city had a total of 193 applicants for the city administrator position, according to the city’s Human Resources manager J.D. McCauley.
The selection committee included Mayor Bob Pettit, Mayor pro tem David McGhee, City Council member Kevin Toole, Finance Director Cammie Hayes, City Attorney Kelly Zier and McCauley.