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City of Aiken HR director resigns; resignation letter cites unspecified issues and concerns

October 20, 2017

The City of Aiken’s human resources director vacated the post this month, citing “unresolved issues and deepening concerns” in a resignation letter submitted to the City in late September.

Nola Grant, who worked for the city since June 2016, submitted her resignation Sept. 29, according to the letter provided by City Communications Manager Tim O’Briant at the request of the Aiken Standard.

In the letter, Grant wrote, “Due to unresolved issues and deepening concerns which I have expressed repeatedly; I hereby tender my resignation as Director of Human Resources effective Wednesday, October 4th.”

“This was not an easy decision as it has been a great honor to serve City of Aiken employees and the amazing citizens which make up this great community,” Grant continued. “I will complete my time with the city having the same diligence in which I started.

“I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given during my tenure and will be committed to ensuring an expedient and smooth transition. I would like to wish the City of Aiken all the best in its future endeavors.”

Efforts to reach Grant for further comment were unsuccessful early Thursday afternoon.

Asked of the unresolved issues Grant referenced in the letter, O’Briant said, “All I’ve been provided is the letter of resignation, and I can’t speculate on the circumstances surrounding it.”

Grant was hired by the City on June 6, 2016, and her date of departure was Oct. 4, 2017, according to O’Briant. Her salary was $65,041.60, he said.

Grant is an Aiken native, USC Aiken alumna and a former South Carolina pageant winner, according to a 2016 Aiken Standard report that profiled the then-new hire.

According to the report, before coming to the city, Grant worked for more than two years in the HR department for WOW!; and, before that, worked for more than three years as a human resources staffer with Savannah River Remediation.

At the time, City Manager John Klimm called Grant “an immediate asset for the city,” the article says.

Following Grant’s resignation, O’Briant said “veteran staffer” Tracy Lott will serve as interim HR coordinator for the city, and the position will be posted in the coming days.