MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Administrator Mac Burdette plans to retire in October 2010 after 25 years on the job, he said Monday.
Burdette said he feels it's time for a changing of the guard in the administrator's position. He has served in that post during the terms of four mayors and dozens of council members.
"I don't think I'm stale," he said, "but there's nothing wrong with getting new energy and new people."
Burdette, 58, joined the town as manager when it had a population of 22,000. Today, some 66,000 people call it home.
"I've been lucky to be able to stay here 24 years. That's pretty unusual in this business," he said. Staying in place afforded him the opportunity to raise a family without relocating.
"It's been a great ride," he said.
Deputy Town Administrator Eric DeMoura is Burdette's choice to succeed him, but the selection of a new administrator is Town Council's decision, Burdette said. "I'd like to see Eric grab it and go," he said.
He said the town will be in the capable hands of Police Chief Harry Sewell, Fire Chief Herb Williams and Planning Department Director Christiane Farrell.
Prior to his retirement, Burdette will be working with a new mayor, who will be elected in November.
Town Council members Gary Santos and Joe Bustos have declared their candidacy. On May 13, Mayor Harry Hallman resigned because he felt it was in the best interest of the town in light of his battle against Alzheimer's disease. Mayor Pro Tem Kruger Smith said he has no interest in running for the job.
Smith, who has served on council nearly 27 years, said he will retire at the end of his term in November.
Burdette will be difficult to replace, Smith said. "This town is going to miss him immensely."
Before joining the town, Burdette was planning director for the South Carolina Coastal Council. He is an Army veteran and Clemson University graduate.