Centerville honors Steve Engle

CENTERVILLE -- Mayor John Harley has proclaimed June 25 as Steve Engle Day in honor of Houston County’s retiring director of administration.

Engle will retire June 25 after 23 years of service in Houston County and 30 years of public service.

He has been a resident of Centerville for four years.

In making the proclamation, Harley thanked Engle for his service and spoke of his positive role in the county’s administration and growth and of his help to Centerville.

The mayors of Warner Robins and Perry also officially acknowledged Engle and the day set aside to honor him.

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen attended Centerville council’s work session Tuesday where Harley made the proclamation. He complimented Engle, who was at the session, on his career, character and the “time, talent and energy” he gave to Houston County and its residents.

Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth sent a letter read by Harley which spoke of Engle’s many years of work for the public good.

Engle said he began his public service career in Dublin and worked for an area regional commission before joining the county.

In retirement, he plans to spend more time “on the water and in the woods.”

According to Houston County’s website, as director of administration Engle headed the day-to-day operations of county staff departments and advised commissioners on matters such as finance operations, purchasing, personnel, computer technology, building inspections, zoning and animal control.

Also Tuesday, council members heard briefly from 21st Century Partnership Chairman Brad Fink and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard regarding the organization, threats to Robins Air Force Base and its workload and the need for area communities to support the partnership and its ongoing work.

They told the council that Centerville’s pro rata share of support for the partnership was $5,200. Harley and council members voiced appreciation and support for the organization and its work.

In other business, the council authorized $1,000 from the city’s recycling center funds to be spent for electrical repairs at the facility. Councilman Randall Wright told members that compactors had been down on several days because of the electrical problems but that the requested funds were adequate to provide a solution.

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