Summerville to pay mayor as administrator?
SUMMERVILLE — Town Attorney G.W. Parker will look at the legality of paying Mayor Bill Collins for his role as acting administrator.
But the answer might not be easy. State law gives “strong council” governments the ability to assign administrative duties to an elected official or hire an administrator, but it doesn’t provide for paying an elected official any more to do the job, according to a municipal advisor.
Summerville Town Council wants to pay Collins as much as an additional $50,000 per year while he does the administrator job, on top of a $15,000 he draws as mayor.
But neither the vote nor the sentiment was unanimous to ask Parker to research it. Collins has served as administrator since council approved the move shortly after his 2011 election.
Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.