Todd Glover is no longer North Augusta's city administrator, having accepted the position of executive director of the Municipal Association of South Carolina; being in that position, though, he will still be advocating for the city.
"It's interesting in my new job, a lot of times people in my role move to another city, and so then their focus is on that city and not where they came from," Glover said. "I'm actually moving to the association of all the cities, so North Augusta is one of my customers, so now it's a little unique in that standpoint. I will be moving to a point where I really won't stop advocating for North Augusta, just in a different seat," he said.
Glover's last day as city administrator was Friday, Nov. 1. Assistant City Administrator Rachelle Moody will be the interim in his place.
"I took the job because it's an attractive job," Glover said in an interview on Oct. 31. "We're I think the 18th or 19th statewide in population, but I think if you ask most people around the state, the administrator job here is probably a top five job in the state."
City Council and mayors of North Augusta, current and former, are recognized as doing things well, he said.
Glover was hired as city administrator around Thanksgiving in 2011 and started in January 2012.
In the almost 8 years on the job, he said, he is most proud of Riverside Village, a development often called a "live, work, play environment" that includes a minor-league baseball stadium, Crowne Plaza Hotel, restaurants and apartments.
"I’m most proud of Riverside Village but I don’t claim that to be my success," Glover said.
"Obviously we had a council and mayor with a vision and I would say that spans over three mayors and several councils in that, you know, the council back in the mid to late '80s started acquiring that land down there. If they had not done that, what we did two years ago would not have been possible."
Glover said his hopes for the future of North Augusta include continued buildout.
"I'd love to see a thriving downtown, a thriving riverfront," he said, adding he'd like to see good growth with things people in the city would want.
MASC advocates for cities around the state, and all 271 cities in the state are members.
"I firmly believe if you look across the state of South Carolina, almost without exception, where there are dynamic things happening, it's within a city," Glover said,
Glover said he has a passion for local government.
He was headed to law school when he graduated college and always had an interest in government and the law. He went with local government.
"It just touches people's lives on a daily basis," he said.
"The entire time I've been here, I worked for two mayors, several council members – I'd say probably 10 or more council members have come and gone since I've been here. I never once saw any of them ask 'What's in it for me?' They are truly doing a public service," Glover said, adding it's the same for the entire city staff.
A job posting advertising for Glover's replacement was posted on the city's website on Oct. 24. The posted salary is $126,176 to $176,646.