In early 2013 Dennis Pieper took over as Fort Mill’s new town manager.
Pieper, who previously served as Tega Cay’s city manager for years, said he was excited about the Fort Mill post.
“Fort Mill is a very robust community, “ Pieper said. “The mayor and council have a great vision. I look forward to working with the council and staff to carry out that vision, while maintaining the town’s unique character.”
He replaced Fort Mill’s longtime town manager, David Hudspeth, who retired in February. Pieper wasn’t the town’s first choice. After an initial search that attracted dozens of applicants, the Fort Mill council first offered the position to Abbeville City Manager Nolan Wiggins, who turned it down.
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In the year since taking over as the town’s top administrator, Pieper has seen Fort Mill continue the growth that surged since early in Hudspeth’s 15-year career. The town not only added new residents, but increased its footprint through annexation.
One highlight during Piper’s first year was the announcement that Fort Mill’s annual S.C. Strawberry Festival, held every spring, was named the best in the state.
Pieper also made news in the latter part of the year when the Fort Mill Times reported on secret meetings he had with an Indian Land activist to discuss the town’s interest in annexing the Panhandle, and another with the Nation Ford Land Trust concerning property outside town limits.