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By Michele Smith
the Times 

Columbia County Newbies Eaton and Strickland assess and prioritize

Understaffing and radio system upgrades are top concerns


DAYTON-Since Charles Eaton and Ashley Strickland have stepped into their respective roles as the county's Public Works Director and Emergency Management/E-911 Director, they have been busy assessing and tackling the issues in their departments.

Eaton told the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), on Monday, that his department is seriously understaffed. He said Public Works Lead Inspector Robert Yates announced his retirement from the department that very morning. Yates has worked for the county over thirty years.

Now there are four open positions in the department and three employees are...

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