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City of Cayce terminates city manager, announces hire of another

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) - The City of Cayce terminated Brian Watkins, the city manager they had hired last July without cause last week, ending their relationship with him. Watkins had been hired to replace Rebecca Vance, who left in March to move closer to the coast to be with aging family. They moved quickly to ensure that the public would not believe that the city would be without someone at the day-to-day helm announcing that beginning November 19, Tracy Hegler, would come on board as the new city manager.

Hegler is currently the director of Community Planning and Development for Richland County. In that position, she oversees the Richland County’s zoning, land development permitting, long range planning, floodplain management, conservation and sustainability initiatives, community development, tax assessments, registering of deeds, business licenses and building inspections. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Sociology and a master’s degree from Florida State University in Urban and Regional Planning.

“Tracy will bring a unique planning background and a management approach that will have her working closely with our neighborhoods, attending and promoting our many wonderful Cayce events, and meeting with our commissions and foundations - all to ensure the City’s focus on excellence and customer service. She will be a great addition to our team and a great City Manager for our citizens, our staff and our City,” said Cayce Mayor, Elise Partin in an e-mailed release.

Hegler has stated she is a “People’s Manager” who places a strong emphasis on empowering staff, improving quality of life for our citizens, and ensuring that Cayce continues to be a vibrant community that maintains its hometown feel.

“We could not be more excited to welcome a dynamic manager whose community outlook is a great fit for our City,” Partin said.

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