BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – Beaufort County’s administrator has resigned following reports that council members wanted to remove her from the position.
Ashley Jacobs, who had been on the job since April 2019, stepped down on Monday.
The Island Packet reports that a closed session was held last week for her annual review. Citing Councilman Mike Covert, a 6-5 majority voted to terminate Jacobs at that meeting.
Following an executive session Monday, Beaufort County Council announced Jacobs’ resignation, effective immediately.
“It was an honor and a privilege to serve and to lead,” a statement from Jacobs reads, in part.
“I would like to thank my staff for their incredible dedication to serving others and making this a legendary place to live, work, and do business,” she added. “They are second to none, and I leave this organization in their very capable hands.”
Jacobs was the first woman to serve as the county’s administrator.
Eric Greenway has been named acting administrator by council members. No word yet on a search for a replacement.