ELIZABETHTOWN — The public and Bladen County commissioners were introduced to the county’s new General Services manager during Monday’s regular meeting.
David “Kip” McClary was introduced by County Manager Greg Martin, who said McClary will be a “tremendous asset to the county.”
McClary, who succeeds Robert Mazur in the position after Mazur’s retirement in March, comes to Bladen County from the town of Garner, where he serves as the Public Works Operations superintendent. He has also served as Public Utilities director in Columbus County. In all, McClary has more than 14 years of experience.
McClary began his duties with Bladen County on July 5.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be employed with Bladen County,” he said. “As a veteran of government service, I have had the pleasure of working with some great people and feel that the experience has helped prepare me for serving Bladen County. I am aware of the need for integrity and fairness in all that we do. I recognize that policies set by our leaders are important in serving the citizens and establishing guidelines for employees.
“I will do my best to serve Bladen County with dignity and integrity,” McClary added.
McClary will be responsible for planning, developing, supervising and directing the operations of the General Services Department including operations, maintenance of buildings, grounds, housekeeping, solid waste management, fleet management, and purchasing as well as overseeing the Bladen County Water District operations.
Martin said the county is lucky to have McClary come on board.
“We are pleased to welcome Kip as General Services manager,” said Martin. “Kip brings many years of public service experience to the position, including experience in capital projects involving water and solid waste. We are confident that he will use his knowledge, experience, and vision to find practical and economical ways to benefit Bladen County and its citizens.”
In his spare time, in addition to spending time with his family, McClary enjoys tinkering on his old cars and ministering to the jail inmates.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.