24 February 2021

Aiken, SC – Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh announced the hiring of Mary Catherine Lawton to be the Assistant City Manager. Lawton worked as a Planner in the City of Aiken Planning Department, working with the Design Review Board since 2018.

Before coming to the City of Aiken, Lawton worked for the City of Hartsville, South Carolina, ultimately serving as their Assistant City Manager. While at Hartsville, she was responsible for securing and managing millions of dollars in grant-funded projects throughout the city, coordinating targeted neighborhood stabilization and revitalization efforts, and providing direct supervision to various staff and divisions.

“I believe Mary Catherine will provide Aiken citizens, City Council, and staff with a high level of service and commitment. I have been familiar with her work since she served in Hartsville and believe she will do an excellent job as Assistant City Manager,” stated Bedenbaugh.

Lawton, a native of Vidalia, Georgia, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Carolina. She is the daughter of Patrick and Barbara Farrell, who currently reside in Hartsville, SC, and the wife of Edgar Lawton, originally of Hartsville. The two welcomed their first child, Evelyn Grace, last Spring. They recently purchased a “vintage” home in the Kalmia Hills neighborhood of Aiken and enjoy DIY projects and spending as much time as possible in Aiken’s beautiful outdoors when not at work.  They enjoy their involvement with the St. Mary Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church community.

Lawton replaces Kim Abney, who retired from the post on February 1.

Stuart Bedenbaugh
City Manager
City of Aiken