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Aiken City Administrator Resigns

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Aiken, S.C. - ****UPDATE: Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:26 P.M.****
 
Richard Pearce spent less than an hour on location.  He would not provide any additional information outside of a press release issued by the city, but he made sure to tell News Channel 6's Renetta DuBose that he planned to spend time with his family.

This gathering was the City Council's third executive session.  Some of the prior ones, including one in April, were contentious with Pearce and the council at odds about Winter Storm clean-up in the city.  The Aiken Standard newspaper has previously reported that contractors said the delay in cleanup was due to Pearce's decision to use only city crews for clean-up.  That's an allegation Pearce has denied.  No one would speak to News Channel 6 on the record as to the reason for Pearce's departure, but the city accepted his resignation and both parties had a mutual agreement.  The press release also states that both parties wished each other well.

Council came back from its closed door session and unanimously appointed Assistant City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh as acting City  Manager.  Mayor Fred Cavanaugh said the city will begin a national search for Pearce's permanent replacement as soon as possible

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Aiken's City Administrator, Richard Pearce, has tendered his resignation to the city council.  In the release, Pearce's will leave his post effective June 6. Stay with WJBF News Channel 6 as we continue to follow this developing story.
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