#Chester City Council

Chester, SCNews & Reporter

City fails to respond to N&R FOIA request

According to a South Carolina Press Association attorney, the City of Chester is now in violation of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in relation to a request from the News & Reporter. On July 7, the newspaper sent a request for information related to a vote Chester...
Chester, SCNews & Reporter

City receives clean 2020 audit

Some persistent cash flow concerns remained, but otherwise the news was good from the City of Chester’s fiscal year 2020 audit. The audit was performed by Love Bailey CPAs and Gary Bailey presented the findings to Chester City Council on Monday. The audit was unqualified, meaning it is factually accurate and Bailey did not report any findings. Some recent audits, conducted for years when the city lacked a finance director, a city administrator or both, contained serious findings, including that budget oversight was lacking, financial statement presentation was problematic and that there was the possibility of fund misappropriation. At one point recently, the city received an audit with a disclaimer of opinion, meaning records were so sparse or poorly kept, an actual opinion could not be offered. With the city having used a CPA firm to handle its finances for more than a year (though there is a plan to bring back the dormant finance director position) none of those problems or any others reoccurred.
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City advertising HR, admin assistant positions

The City of Chester has posted a pair of job openings, including one that came open under circumstances that remain unexplained publicly. On Monday, the City posted openings for both its human resources director and an administrative assistant. The human resources opening lists a salary of between $57,500 and $63,000 with duties including, “overall management of human resources and personnel of the human resources department…(handling) all personnel functions… (and) responsible for council minutes, records, ordinances, resolutions and proclamations.”
Chester, SCNews & Reporter

Haggray out as City HR Director

It is unclear exactly how the position came open, but the City of Chester is looking for a new human resources director. Last November, the City hired Barbara Haggray to lead its HR department, a move that came a few months after the retirement of longtime director Carla Roof. Haggray, one of six announced finalists for the job, came to Chester from the City of Richmond, Virginia where she held the position of human resources consultant for FMLA, ADA and shared leave. She had previously worked as an accountant payroll manager at Allen University in Columbia and held three different positions (vice president of finance and human resources, director of finance human resources and finance human resources manager) for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism in Columbia. Deeper in her work history were stints with other municipal governments (in Columbia and Clinton) and previous employment with the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and S.C. Comptroller General’s Office.
Chester, SCNews & Reporter

An extra step

We always expect elected officials to follow the law, but in one case we’d actually like to see them go a bit beyond what is actually legally required of them. Last week, Chester City Council voted to advertise its human resources director position as open. The council did not vote to terminate or accept the resignation of Barbara Haggray, former HR head (see related story on page one), but one way or the other that position is now vacant for the second time in eight months.
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City budget, including funds for Y, passes

Chester City Council approved a budget for the new fiscal year, including spending for the recently-acquired YMCA. If you subscribe to the newspaper, you already receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the website. Click here to register your account. If you have any problems then please contact...