Thursday, November 16, 2006
Community meets chief, utility manager
By SUE WATSON
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and the board of aldermen hosted a meet and greet the community for two of the City of Holly Spring’s most recently hired employees, police chief Robert Pearson and John Collins, general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department.
City employees and members of the community extended a sincere welcome.
In opening prayer, DeBerry asked God “to give them courage and wisdom to make the decisions they need for the city.”
Collins said he is “really humbled” and “it’s a true pleasure to be in Holly Springs to be general manager of the utility.
He said he was “overwhelmed with joy” on receiving a phone call from the mayor offering the job.
With 33 years experience in the utility business, Collins said he will put that experience to use in the operations of the utility department.
“I hope we exceed your expectations,” he said.
After visiting retired utility manager Tom Boone, Collins said he will ask the former manager for guidance.
Chief Pearson also called his selection to head the police department “quite humbling” and he is proud to have been chosen to head the city’s law enforcement team.
“We have a great team in place,” he said. “We’re working to improve ourselves.”
Pearson promised a noticeable difference in service in coming weeks and months.
“This is my home now and I plan to be here for a while,” he said. “If there is anything I can do for you, give me a call.”
Pearson said he has an open door policy and urged the community to come in and talk with him.
“My door is open. If someone wants to see me, I want to see them just as badly,” he said. “I’ve had a few people come in and talk to me already. My goal is to do what is right.”
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