Aiken’s City Manager, Stuart Bedenbaugh, was honored Saturday at the annual Stuff That Legends Are Made Red Carpet Black Tie Affair for his contributions to the community.
The event was held by Eden’s Ministry at the Center for African American History, Arts & Cultural located on York Street.
Bedenbaugh, a native of Clearwater, SC, is a graduate of Midland Valley High School attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History while minoring in Economics and later a Master of Public Administration degree. Prior to his appointment in July, he has served as interim City Manager since February 2018. Previously, he worked for the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, the South Carolina Legislative Audit Council and Aiken County. Bedenbaugh served as Aiken’s Assistant City Manager from April 2011 to February 2018 before being selected by City Council to serve as Interim City Manager. Bedenbaugh is a member of the International City/County Management Association. He resides in Aiken with his wife Catherine and has two children attending the University of South Carolina, son Thomas and daughter Colleen.
Other honorees included Velice Cummings for her service in the community; Minnie Lee Chavous for her service as an educator; and Sam Willie Brisco, a retired World War II veteran. Eden’s Ministry was founded by Pastor Paul and Rev. Michelle P. Bush.