Eric Reisinger recently became the new public works director of McDuffie County.
The 45-year-old Mr. Reisinger assumes the post once held by Chris Pelly. Mr. Pelly, who had served as the county's public works director for several years, died of cancer this year.
Mr. Reisinger's first day was last Monday.
"I'm really enjoying the new job," Mr. Reisinger told The McDuffie Mirror during an interview last Friday. "Everyone has treated me so kindly."
Prior to accepting the job with McDuffie County, Mr. Reisinger was employed as operations director of Mid-South Site Development in LaGrange, Ga. There, he led a staff of between 30 and 40 supervisors and employees.
For nearly a year, 2006-2007, he also worked as supervisor of roads for the Troup County Board of Commissioners in LaGrange.
He also worked as superintendent for McCoy Grading in Luthersville from 2003-2006 and served as superintendent for Grayhill Clearing and Grading in LaGrange from 2000-2003.
He has extensive experience in the daily operation management of a county roads department, including new construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, landfill, storm, sewer and water utilities.
Mr. Reisinger earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from LaGrange College.
After he and his family get settled in Thomson, he plans to become active in the community. In LaGrange, Mr. Reisinger did a lot of voluntary work, played the piano, worked with a church youth group and was a baseball umpire.
He was most active in his church, Baptist Tabernacle.
"Being a Christian carries over into every aspect of my life," Mr. Reisinger said.
Having been on his new job for less than a week at the time of the interview, Mr. Reisinger said he had learned that he has a good staff of people.
"We are going to continue to be accessible to the taxpayers of McDuffie County," he pointed out. "We want to provide the best resources possible for them. We want people to know that when we can help them that's what we're going to do."
Mr. Reisinger said he wants the staff to take pride in knowing that they are providing a service to the taxpayers of McDuffie County.
He also said he is aware that he has some "big shoes" to fill in replacing Mr. Pelly.
"I want the employees of the county road department to know that I want to be attuned to their feelings about the loss of Mr. Pelly," Mr. Reisinger said. "This department loved and respected Chris Pelly a lot. It says a lot about them as people and their character."
Mr. Reisinger is married. He and his wife, Kendra, have six children.