GREENVILLE – Already on the job, the county’s new facility and safety manager will be taking time to learn the ropes before officially taking charge Dec. 1.
Rodney O’Connor of Union City, Ind. was hired by Darke County Commissioners earlier this summer to replace the retiring John Cook, who has been on the job for the past 21 years.
Born and raised in Union City, O’Connor said following high school graduation from Randolph Eastern, he “hit the road running” on his career.
Prior to being hired by the county commissioners, he worked as a long-term care director of environmental services and maintenance. The job, he explained, involved dealing with numerous safety issues.
As the county’s facility and safety manager, O’Connor will oversee the county’s maintenance teams and facilities.
He’s looking forward to learning more about the county and meeting its residents. Plus, he said, the drive is a little closer to home than his previous job.
“It’s close and I really can tell everyone here is upbeat. When I read the job details, it inspired me to apply,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor and his wife Angie are high school sweethearts who have been married 22 years. They are the parents of four children, Emily, 16, Elly, 13 and Scottie and Jac, both 11.
Rodney O’Connor of Union City, Ind. was recently hired as the county’s new facility and safety manager. (Susan Hartley photo)