Clay Killian has served in four county government organizations in his 40-year career. His extensive experience in government administration affords him a unique perspective in his current position providing management consulting services to municipalities and county governments.
He began as an assistant to the administrator in Richland County following the completion of his graduate degree. Following four years in that office and a short stint as the agency relations director for the United Way of the Midlands, Clay was appointed assistant county manager in York County, serving in that capacity for more than six years. He then was selected as county manager of that rapidly growing county and led it during the beginning stages of the tremendous growth that community continues to experience.
Following more than six years as York County manager, he served as Fairfield County administrator and then moved to Aiken County, where he served as county administrator for more than 21 years before his retirement. During his time in Aiken, Clay led efforts to complete a new direct supervision detention facility, conducted a $46 million upgrade of the county’s regional wastewater treatment plant, opened a new 134,000-square-foot Government Center to consolidate eight different locations of county offices, and successfully implemented four Capital Projects Sales Tax initiatives. He has also been involved with very successful economic development recruitment efforts.
Clay has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the United Way of Aiken County, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, and the South Carolina Association of Counties. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the National Association of County Administrators, and the South Carolina City and County Management Association.
He holds two degrees from the University of South Carolina: a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Public Administration.