It is official! Cayce has hired a new City Manager to lead our amazing team!

CAYCE, SC – Cayce City Council is pleased to announce Brian Watkins has been selected as the new City Manager for the City of Cayce. Mr. Watkins has over 12 years’ experience working in city government and 10 years’ experience as a City Manager. His first day with the City will be July 23, 2018.


Watkins began his experience with city government in 2006, starting as the Public Works Director for the City of Milton, Florida before being promoted to City Manager in 2008. Brian has extensive knowledge of local government administration in a fast-growing city.  He also has extensive experience as a senior Naval Officer serving as Regional Commander and Base Commander during a period of significant change in the Navy shore infrastructure management organization. During his tenure as City Manager, he gained experience developing strategic project management and community development plans as well as managing over $6 million dollars in grants for the city. Brian is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.


Watkins is stepping into the City Manager role held for seven years by Rebecca Vance. Vance relocated and took a management position in Dorchester County earlier this year to be closer to her aging parents. The City of Cayce is thankful to Rachelle Moody, Assistant to the City Manager, for graciously stepping into the Interim City Manager position while City Council conducted a nationwide search.


Mayor Elise Partin stated, “We are excited to welcome Brian Watkins as the new City Manager for Cayce. His background and knowledge of local government and management as well as his military leadership will bring valuable experience and new ideas to our City. We are so proud to welcome him and look forward to having him on our team of talented and dedicated staff members!”



Please stay up-to-date with the City of Cayce by visiting our website,, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ** To set up times to meet with Mr. Watkins, please contact Katinia Taylor at



This article was originally published on Friday, August 10, 2018.

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