Batesburg-Leesville, SC - The Town of Batesburg-Leesville announced Thursday that Fire Chief Jason “Jay” Hendrix has been named the next Assistant Town Manager. Hendrix will replace outgoing Assistant Town Manager Seth Duncan who recently accepted the City Manager post for York, South Carolina.
“We are excited about Jay coming on board in this capacity,” said Ted Luckadoo, Town Manager. “Jay has done a terrific job as fire chief in securing grants, growing our volunteer corps, and managing daily operations. His leadership skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow as an organization and community.”
Hendrix, a lifelong resident of Batesburg-Leesville, is a 1998 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Hendrix has been employed full-time with the town since 2010 and has served as the Fire Chief since 2013. Hendrix began with the town as a volunteer firefighter in December 1992. Hendrix is also a graduate of Leadership Lexington County, the South Carolina Firefighter’s Association’s Leadership Institute and earned a Certificate in Public Service from Greenville Technical College.
Chief Hendrix was among more than a dozen candidates for the position. “We received resumes and interviewed multiple candidates from throughout South Carolina for the position,” said Luckadoo. “In the end it came down to two great candidates. What set Jay apart was his education, successes as a department head for the Town, supervisory and leadership experience, and existing knowledge of all that we currently have going on in Town. I feel confident that Jay can hit the ground running from day one.”
Hendrix stated “I am excited about this new opportunity. As a lifelong resident of B-L, I love our community and the people that live and work here. Our town has so much potential and I want to help us reach that potential and want to be a part of our future growth.”
This is the second time this week that Lexington County municipalities have promoted employees from public safety positions to assistants to the city's manager. Just Wednesday, it was announced that Jimmy Crosland, the former assistant public safety director of the City of Cayce, had been promoted to that city's assistant city manager’s position.