The City of Spartanburg operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Council and Mayor appoint the City Manager, who manages the day-to-day functions of the City and carries out the City's vision as defined and directed by Council.
City Manager Ed Memmott
Ed Memmott was promoted to City Manager in 2009 after previously serving as Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director in a career in Spartanburg that began in 1997. In five years as Assistant City Manager, Memmott was responsible for Economic and Community Development, Engineering, Planning, Public Works, and Building Inspections.
Memmott's career in Spartanburg has been marked by leadership roles on a number of the most ambitious downtown and neighborhood revitalization projects in the City's history, including the relocation of the corporate headquarters for Advance America, Extended Stay America, and QS/1 Data Systems, as well as the development of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, South Church Plaza, USC Upstate College of Business and Economics, Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the redevelopment of C.C. Woodson Recreation Center.
Memmott is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he received a B.A. in History and International Studies and a Master's in Public Administration. His wife, Julie, is a teacher at the Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy. The Memmotts have two sons, Corey, a 2010 graduate of Wofford College who works in banking, and Andrew, a sophmore at Wofford.
Assistant City Manager Chris Story
Chris Story has lived in Spartanburg since age 13, and he was educated in Spartanburg County District 7 Schools. He graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in Economics, and since has participated in a variety of post-graduate coursework in business and public administration at Clemson and the University of South Carolina. In the late 1990s he was the Executive Director of the City-initiated community strategic planning process called Spartanburg Share the Vision. From 2000 through 2009 he was Assistant County Administrator with Spartanburg County, participating in all aspects of local government management. In 2009, he was thrilled to return to the city.
He has lived for almost 15 years in the City's Duncan Park neighborhood. His wife, Jessalyn, a Spartanburg native, is Director of Service Learning at Wofford College. They have a 4-year-old son and are currently expecting a second child.
Chris loves wrestling the issues of effectiveness, value, and equity inherent in local government management. However, he finds it a particular privilege to serve a city that includes his parents, his in-laws, and countless old and new friends.
He compensates for on-the-job pragmatic evenhandedness with entirely irrational enthusiasm for Wofford Terrier sports.