Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor has been given a new job with the city of North Charleston, where Mayor Keith Summey hired him in 2010 to be the city’s tourism coordinator.
Pryor, who had owned a towing and radiator repair shop before the city hired him three years ago, will now be coordinating some economic development activities in the south end of North Charleston, as part of the mayor’s Executive Department.
“We have so much that’s going to be going on down there, we’re going to have to have community buy-in and coordination with the county,” Summey said.
For example, he said, the city hopes the county will move some of its facilities to a planned redevelopment of the former Shipwatch Square shopping center, which is currently a large vacant lot.
North Charleston has close connections with the county’s leadership. The city employs the chairman of County Council, the county’s vice-chairman is Summey’s son, Elliott, and the county administrator is former North Charleston City Council member Kurt Taylor.
Pryor’s salary, $62,122, will not change in his new city position.
His former tourism coordinator job is now in the hands of Amy Heath, who had been general manager of the restaurant Cork Neighborhood Bistro on East Montague Avenue until Summey hired her several weeks ago for the $55,000 city job.
Summey said he was later surprised to learn that Heath is married to the grandson of North Charleston’s previous mayor, John E. Bourne Jr.
Summey said Heath is a go-getter whose knowledge of the food and beverage industry will help the city.
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