Doug Schuster last week was sworn in as the newest member of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.
Schuster is filling the seat of recently retired Lake Gibson, who served on the board for eight years.
Schuster will fill Gibson's term through March 2018, when the seat will be up for election. Schuster would have to be elected during this election cycle, which starts in December, to continue in the position.
Each member serves a five year term and is up for reelection every five years.
The board of directors appointed Schuster after interviewing a number of qualified candidates. The two main qualifying factors are that the person must be a resident of the county and be a customer of the authority for at least two years.
According to his bio, Schuster has 30 years of experience providing transformational solutions in finance, accounting, risk, business process and governance.
He has served on numerous executive leadership and steering committees of Fortune 500 companies and currently works as a North American Solution Leader for Arvato Financial Solutions.
Schuster graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. He also holds a master's in finance and business law from Canisius.
He is Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Schuster has lived in Dawson County for 23 years with his two children.
His daughter attends Piedmont College and his son attends Dawson County High School.
Also on the board are Chairman Jim King, members Linda Townley, Tony Kellar and Deborah Stowers.