Patriots Point executive director stepping down

Dick Trammell

Jim Vickers

Less than a year after becoming permanent executive director at cash-strapped attraction Patriots Point, Dick Trammell offered his resignation Friday.

In a letter to Patriots Point Development Authority chairman John Hagerty, Trammell said he intends to stay on the job through year's end and offered to transition to his previous position of tourism and business development director after that.

Trammell took over as interim executive director when retired Army Brigadier Gen. Hugh Tant III resigned in April 2009. At the time Patriots Point faced millions of dollars in repairs to its warships — including the famed destroyer Laffey, riddled with holes and posing an environmental threat to Charleston Harbor.

The museum received a $9.2 million state loan under Trammell, yet it failed to receive federal grant money it banked on for repaying the state funds. Patriots Point also recently unveiled the preliminary concept for a master plan to redevelop nearly 400 acres of waterfront land.

Trammell became permanent executive director in September, earning about $100,000 per year.

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.