Landrum hires Martin as new city administrator

Published 4:55 pm Monday, April 15, 2013

Landrum city council members voted last week to hire Caitlin Martin as the city’s new administrator.

Caitlin Martin

Caitlin Martin

“She comes with extremely high references and we were really impressed by her credentials,” said Landrum Mayor Robert Briggs.

Martin replaces current city administrator Steve Wolochowicz’s who in February announced he intended to retire after eight years on the job.

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Martin, who previously served as Tryon’s town manager, started in her position April 15 in order to get acquainted with the town and responsibilities prior to Wolochowicz’s last day on April 30.

“We’ll be working to get her up to speed on some of the things that I’ve been working on,” said Wolochowicz’s.

Briggs said Martin would be tasked with seeing a number of current projects to fruition including renovations of the depot and sidewalk improvements to N. Randolph. He said having her work side-by-side with Wolochowicz for several weeks would hopefully ensure she’s well educated about the tasks ahead of her.

“We wanted a smooth transition and I think things are going to work out just fine,” Briggs said.

Landrum interviewed four other candidates, along with Martin, out of the almost 30 applicants it received.

“Filling Steve’s shoes, we knew, was going to be real difficult for us because he’s been a great administrator,” Briggs said. “ I think getting someone young in that position might bring some new ideas to the table. She’s eager to get to work and I think she will be a good fit for the town.”

Martin said she looked forward to the challenge of carrying on the projects Wolochowicz launched as well as bringing her own thoughts and suggestions to the table.

“Steve’s done a great job here so I want to keep the machine working,” Martin said.

“I’m looking forward to it very much – everyone I’ve met has been wonderful and very welcoming.”

From Easley, S.C., Martin graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in political science. She graduated from the College of Charleston in May 2011 with a master’s of public administration degree and a certification in urban and region.