Dawson County has big shoes to fill following the announcement on Thursday night that Public Works Director David McKee will be leaving his position with the county after 16 years of service.
At the Dawson County Board of Commissioners Voting Session on April 1, McKee shared with the board that he has been hired as the new assistant county manager in Forsyth County.
McKee’s tenure with Dawson County began with an unpaid internship that the Forsyth County native took for a college degree program. Over the last decade and a half McKee worked his way up the ladder, serving in a variety of different roles including director of planning and development, director of administration and public works director.
“If you would have told me at that time that I would be standing here before you today, 16 years later, I would have laughed,” McKee said. “I would have said, ‘not a chance.’”
Speaking to the Dawson County News after the meeting, McKee said that Dawson County will still always be home for him, but the professional opportunity was one he couldn’t pass up.
“It’s bittersweet,” McKee said. “But like I said last night, I’m not telling anyone goodbye, just ‘until next time.”
McKee also thanked the board for its support and the co-workers that he has had in Dawson County, crediting their hard work and dedication for his success.
“I owe many thanks to everybody that’s standing in front of me, the many many colleagues that I’ve worked with over the years,” McKee said.
Following the announcement, commissioners each shared their thanks for McKee’s service and sadness at the news of his leaving.
“Thank you for your many years of service, you’ve done an outstanding job for the citizens of Dawson County and you will truly be missed,” Commission Chair Billy Thurmond said.
“I think I was there the first day you walked in,” District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield said. “I’ve watched you grow up and you’ve done a lot of great things there.”
“Dawson County has been very fortunate for the time you spent here,” District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines. “There was a reason that you were here and your leadership has been exemplified day in and day out.”
“I’m sad you’re leaving, but I’m glad for you,” District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett said. “You really will be missed.
McKee left his position in Dawson County on Friday, April 2, and will take on the role of Forsyth County Assistant County Manager starting on April 12.
Dawson County Public Information Officer Laura Fulcher said on Friday that the county is in the early stages of hiring McKee’s replacement.