Mel McKenzie has been selected as the City of Hillsboro’s new safety and service director, mayor Drew Hastings said Monday.
Hastings told The Times-Gazette that McKenzie recently accepted an offer for the job, and will begin May 31.
McKenzie currently serves the community as the Geographic Information Systems manager at the Highland County GIS-Map Office, where he has been working since 2015.
McKenzie, a South Carolina native, said he and his family moved to Hillsboro a little more than two years ago.
McKenzie currently lives on Roundhead Road with his wife, Caitlin McKenzie (nee Zimmerman), formerly of Leesburg, and three sons, Davis, Deacon and Dalton.
According to his resume, McKenzie graduated from Florence-Darlington Technical College in 1998 with an associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and has worked as a field layout engineer, asphalt superintendent, land surveyor and survey manager for several general contractors.
“I’m looking forward to helping the city in any capacity necessary,” McKenzie said. “I’m excited about the opportunity and excited about helping the city grow.”
Hastings said he’s confident McKenzie will serve the city well.
“We had been looking for about four months,” he said. “We didn’t want to be in a rush to find a new safety and service director, and so our patience kind of paid off. We found someone who was local, which was for me an important consideration, somebody who had the background that complimented the rest of our public works team, and had the positive attitude we looking for… We’re looking forward to it.”
McKenzie replaces former safety-service director Todd Wilkin, who was dismissed in November of last year.
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