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Georgetown's planning director leaving for Newberry County administrator position

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Before coming to Georgetown, Inglese was the deputy county administrator in Beaufort County for 10 months and the deputy county attorney prior to that for two and a half years.

GEORGETOWN — Chris Inglese, Georgetown's director of planning and community development, intends to accept an offer to become Newberry County's new county administrator after only six months with the city of Georgetown.

"Though my time with the city has been short, I'm very proud of the good work that my staff and I have been able to do," Inglese said.

Before coming to Georgetown, Inglese was the deputy county administrator in Beaufort County for 10 months and the deputy county attorney prior to that for two and a half years.

Newberry County is northwest of Richland and Lexington counties and is a little less than half the size of Georgetown County with 37,719 residents to Georgetown's 63,404.

Inglese's departure comes at a time where the city is looking to redevelop its downtown area to be more attractive to tourists and residents alike by reevaluating it's zoning ordinance to make urban development along U.S. 17 easier.

Inglese said he will still help the city of Georgetown on a contractual basis through February to help see through several projects and pushes he began while in the position.

Inglese said he is excited for his new position as Newberry County has an attractive historic district and other great opportunities for economic development.

"I think the city of Newberry's motto is the city of friendly folks, and it's an attractive community to be part of," Inglese said.

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Demi Lawrence reports on Georgetown County for The Post and Courier. She graduated from Ball State University in 2020, and previously was an intern at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana and Indianapolis Monthly.

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