In small Allendale County, a good leader is hard to find and keep

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ALLENDALE, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s smallest county is once again breaking in a new leader.

Allendale County has had to hire a new county manager about every three or four years in this century, so far. That’s not unusual – it’s hard to keep people without family or other ties in a place with no Walmart and about an hour away from the nearest movie theater or interstate highway.

The roughly $72,000 salary, while good for Allendale County, is about on par with the pay for running the parking department in Charleston.

Allendale County this month hired William Goodson, a native son of the community, to be its new manager. The process of selecting him mirrors the struggles in South Carolina’s poorest rural counties and in similar small places across the U.S.

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