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Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers announces retirement plans

November 26, 2019
For Immediate Release
Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers
announces retirement plans
GREER, SC – Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers announced at Tuesday’s Greer City
Council meeting that he will retire next July following 20 years of service to the
municipality.
“This is, foremost, the beginning of a period of transition. We have much work to
accomplish over the next eight months and this announcement creates a framework in
which to do that,” Driggers said. “After more than 30 years of public service and 13 years
in the private sector, I look forward to this next chapter in my life. I am so proud of the
things we have accomplished over the past 20 years – none of which could have been
done without the dedicated team I have the privilege to work with.”
Driggers was hired by the City of Greer as its chief administrative officer in 2000 to
manage the day-to-day operations of the city by supervising, directing, and evaluating
the work of City department managers. Reporting directly to Greer City Council Council,
he has been responsible for developing and implementing City policies and procedures
to ensure the proper and responsible management of all City operations, resources, and
services.
He also is responsible for administering the City budget and performing required
financial reporting.
“One of my first acts as mayor in 2000 was to hire a city administrator during a period
when the City of Greer was changing dramatically. Ed Driggers not only brought stability
to our organization but also helped plan and execute the blueprint that today has made
Greer one of the most dynamic cities in South Carolina,” City of Greer Mayor Rick
Danner said. “Ed will leave a tremendous legacy and Greer City Council will begin a
search to locate the individual who, as city administrator, will help write the next chapter
in our city’s history.”
One of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina, the City of Greer has experienced
population growth of more than 75% during Driggers’ tenure. To help meet the demands
of that growing population, a new $23 million municipal complex that included Greer City
Hall, Greer City Park, and the Police and Court Complex opened in 2008
Driggers has also worked to help revive Greer's historic central business district known
as Greer Station, which today is home to world-class restaurants, quaint retail outlets,
and vendors offering outstanding personal and professional services. The CenterG
Streetscape Project, which has replaced outdated infrastructure and brought an
innovative shared street design to Greer Station, is scheduled for completion next
spring.
Work will begin in early 2020 on a downtown municipal parking garage adjacent to a
new hotel.Driggers served as chair of the Partnership for Tomorrow's Greer Community Master
Plan committee that worked with the Greater Greer Community on the current plan
adopted in 2015 to create a more livable community by enhancing cultural activities and
establishing an environment for growth and development opportunities.
One of Greenville Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” community leaders,
Driggers has been active in numerous professional organizations. He has served on the
boards of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the
Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) and is a past president of the South
Carolina City and County Management Association (SCCCMA).
His local service includes the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,
the Greer Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Partnership For Tomorrow
Board of Directors, the BMW Community Advisory Panel, and the Mitsubishi Polyester
Film Corporation Community Advisory Panel. He also was appointed by the S.C.
General Assembly to the Winthrop University Board of Trustees.
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CONTACT:
Steve Owens
Communications Manager
sowens@cityofgreer.org
Office: (864) 416-0121
 

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