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Infinger: Bryan’s great because of its people
Guest columnist
Carter Infinger
Carter Infinger sits in the commission meeting room. - photo by File photo

Bryan County is full of great businesses, services, places and sights. But what it really comes down to is the people. The people who live in our communities, the people who run them, the people who work in them – everyone has a hand in making this region one of the most desirable in the Southeast.

I certainly am proud to live here and to serve a role in ensuring others enjoy living here. And I know I can say the same of all the county’s staffers and employees. It really boils down to a team of great people serving a population of great citizens. Our workers are diverse and varied – they come from different backgrounds, have different interests and hobbies, enjoy different pursuits, are different ages and ethnicities. But they all have one thing in common – they keep our county ticking and are committed to their jobs. We recently bid farewell to Buddy Shuman, our longtime Public Works director, who retired after a successful 30-year career in the department.

Buddy, like all of our department heads and their staffs, always came through in the clutch. Whether he and his crew were clearing massive amounts of hurricane debris, dealing with snow- and ice covered roads, or just keeping residents safe and well-informed in the event of emergencies, they’ve done it.

And, thankfully, it’s not just Public Works that exhibits this kind of dedication. Each and every department that falls under the county’s supervision is full of people just like Buddy.

They know their jobs, they perform them diligently and with care, and they understand they’re part of a much larger – very important – picture. It takes all the pieces moving together in harmony to keep the machine humming along.

On the county commission, we also recently said goodbye to a faithful civil servant. District 5 Commissioner Rick Gardner wrapped up eight solid years in office and passed the torch on to Gene Wallace. Rick helped lead the county through a time of tremendous growth and expansion, and he did so with professionalism and loyalty. I’m honored to have served alongside him.

And just as these tried and true leaders conclude their careers, we welcome bright and eager team members who will pick up right where their predecessors left off. Our new directors of community development and human resources, Audra Miller and Riley Johnson, began their tenures with us this month and are looking forward to helping us continue to improve services and opportunities for area residents.

We’re thankful for all of our employees here in Bryan County – the seasoned staffers as well as those just beginning their journeys with us. Our teams are here because they believe in what we’re doing and they understand the need for continued upstanding quality of life. So please, join me in thanking the people who keep things going around here. They’re always chugging along, but rarely shown appreciation. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are!

Infinger is chairman of the Bryan County Commission.

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