MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant appointed a new town administrator at Tuesday night's town council meeting.
The council unanimously appointed Eric DeMoura to the position of town administrator. DeMoura will replace Mac Burdette who is retiring after 25 years of service.
"We did not have to look far to find the most qualified applicant for the job," Mayor Billy Swails said. "Mr. DeMoura has been trained by the best town administrator in the southeast and we have full confidence that he can do the job expertly."
DeMoura previously served as deputy town administrator for four years and, according to Swails, was the primary staff liaison for the Coleman Boulevard Revitalization Advisory Board and the Blue Ribbon Committee on East Cooper Schools Accountability. He was also the project manager for the Memorial Waterfront Park and was instrumental in securing the All-America City title for Mt. Pleasant.
"He possesses all the attributes necessary to manage Mt. Pleasant with all the challenges and opportunities that are on the horizon," Burdette said. "I do not think that our Mayor and Council could have selected a better professional or person for the job. I look forward to calling him to complain."
As deputy town administrator, DeMoura assisted town administrator Burdette in the management of nine departments, 550 employees and a $66 million annual budget. Before serving as deputy town administrator, DeMoura was the deputy director of administrative services for Mt. Pleasant. During his three-year tenure, DeMoura supervised the finance, purchasing and tourism divisions.
"I would like to thank Mayor Billy Swails, Mt. Pleasant Town Council and town administrator Mac Burdette for allowing me the opportunity to serve Mount Pleasant as Town Administrator," DeMoura said. "I feel honored to be part of an organizational culture which holds success as an expectation and promotes the pursuit of the highest standard of quality in government. I am excited to be part of the history of Mount Pleasant and its continuing success."
Prior to coming to Mt. Pleasant, DeMoura served as deputy mayor in Taunton, Mass., where he assisted the mayor in the managing 30 city departments, 2,000 employees and a $130 million budget.