By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
New city manager could start Monday
Rincon picks Phillips to fill post
Placeholder Image

Rincon could have a new city manager on the job as soon as Monday.

City council members voted Wednesday night to offer the job to Michael Phillips and Phillips accepted.

“We’re set to go,” Mayor Ken Lee said. “We’ll get him on board right away.”

Phillips will step into a position that has been vacant for nearly three months, following Donald Toms’ resignation. The city received more than 40 resumes in its search for a new city manager and whittled the list down to two finalists, Phillips and Robert Anderson.

“It’s been a long and drawn out process, but hopefully we’ve got a good, strong person for the position,” Lee said, “and we’re looking to get some things accomplished.”

Phillips most recently had been county manager of Appling County and had been city manager of Chester, S.C., before that.

Toms tendered his resignation in December after he was reinstated from administrative leave. That action resulted from the city’s investigation into the police department. Toms was hired in August 2007 to take over for Mike Barton, who had been terminated earlier that year.