NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council named W. A. “Al” Harvey to serve as interim city manager while it searches for a permanent replacement for Jeff Shacker after he resigned to take a position with the S.C. Municipal Association.
Council appointed Harvey after an executive session last Thursday. The city council began advertising for Shacker’s replacement Monday.
Harvey said he was “pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the mayor” and was “humbled by the question” of being asked to take serve as interim city manager.
He said he told city leaders when he retired 12 years ago that he would help if they ever needed him.
“Al had a very successful 22 years as Newberry city manager and has continued to serve a number of towns on an interim basis,” said Newberry Mayor Foster Senn. “He’s highly regarded throughout the state. We appreciate him serving Newberry again as we proceed through the process of selecting a new city manager.”
Harvey will start April 12 and continue until a new city manager is hired by the council. April 12 is Shacker’s last day.
Harvey served as the manager of the city for over 22 years and retired in February 2000. He also served as city manager in Newport, Ark., from 1974 to 1977. Since retiring from Newberry, Harvey has served as part-time or interim manager in the communities of Atlantic Beach, Ridge Spring, Saluda, Santee and Trenton.
During his career, Harvey received numerous service awards from the International City-County Management Association and has served as president of the South Carolina City-County Management Association, to which he was named a Life Member. He also has served on the board of directors of several organizations including the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the S.C. Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund, the Newberry County Development Board, Chamber of Commerce and the Newberry Opera House Foundation.
Most recently Harvey chaired the county’s penny sales tax committee that decided which projects would be funded by a penny tax.