Kiawah administrator resigns, ponders run for political office

Kiawah Island Administrator Tumiko Rucker is resigning effective June 30 and may seek elected office.

Kiawah Island Town Administrator Tumiko Rucker said Thursday that she has submitted her resignation and may seek political office in the near future.

Her resignation is effective June 30. She did not say which office she would seek.

“I just wanted a new challenge,” she said by email.

The current total compensation for the town administrator is about $137,000. That includes salary and fringe benefits such as 401K match, state health insurance and state retirement, she said.

Rucker, 39, who has been with the town for nearly 10 years, said that she intends to remain in the area.

“She has served the town effectively and professionally and we wish her well,” Mayor Charles Lipuma said by text message.

Lipuma informed council members at a meeting this week that Rucker had submitted her letter of resignation, according to the town’s latest biweekly email notices to residents.

“The town will begin a search for a qualified replacement immediately,” the notice says.

Rucker, who is a native of Johns Island, became the town treasurer in June 2005. She was named town administrator in April 2006.

She noted that she and the town have seen huge successes and growth. Rucker said that she wishes the town continued success and she will work to ensure a smooth transition to a new administrator.

The town is in the midst of plans for a new municipal center on Betsy Kerrison Parkway and is currently advertising for proposals from architectural firms interested in the project.

Rucker said important milestones and accomplishments for her and the town include renourishment of the erosion-scarred beach at the east end of the island, Freshfields Village annexation, Kiawah Parkway improvements and development of a comprehensive emergency plan.

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