Nancy Whitworth, who has played an integral role in Greenville’s resurgence as the head of the city’s economic development department, was named interim city manager Monday night.
Current city manager John Castile’s last day is Friday, Aug. 31. Castile, a long-time city employee, has served as city manager since July 2010.
Whitworth, who was named Greenville’s economic development director in 1992 and deputy city manager in 2011, has agreed to serve in the position for six months while the city council hires a replacement.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to replace John Castile,” Whitworth said. “My intent is to keep the momentum going.”
Whitworth said she would not apply for the job permanently.
“It’s not something that I aspire to, but I’m willing to do it for an interim period of time,” she said. She said Castile is leaving the city in a great position and it has strong department heads in place.
Whitworth said she agreed to take the role when asked by council because she’s committed to the city.
“I’ve been here my entire career. I’m very passionate about the city,” she said. “I love what I do in economic development, working with the community and business sector, and planning. I love doing that, and I will continue to do some of that.”
Whitworth said it’s important for the city to get the right person for the city manager position because the city’s growth presents a number of challenges and opportunities.
Whitworth holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Clemson University. She’s received numerous awards for her leadership and for her achievements in economic development. She has served as an expert panelist and lecturer throughout the country, advising communities on downtown and community revitalization, strategic planning, and public-private partnerships.