Faces of Oconee County Government
Get to know the some of the dedicated individuals who make up the Oconee County Government team. We are here for you!
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Meet David Lewis, Water Distribution Supervisor for Oconee County Water Resources. David joined the county on July 10, 2006, as a Utility Worker III.
David is a graduate of Clarke Central High School and lives in Barrow County. His family includes his wife Sarah and seven children: 13-year-old Aaliyah, 11-year-old Jada, 9-year-old Kaylah, 9-year-old David Jr., 7-year-old-Devon, 6-year-old Taylor, and 5-year-old Riley. When he isn’t working, David enjoys spending time with his kids engaged in activities including a variety of sports and riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes.
David says his favorite part of his job is the satisfaction he gets from seeing a job completed. He has also enjoyed having the opportunity to become a leader and teach new county employees, helping to ensure everyone works in a safe environment while out on the roadways and around traffic.
Oconee County Water Resources Director Tim Durham says, “David is a great leader. He is always positive and willing to tackle any issue. He is always smiling and believes the best in people. We are lucky to have someone who is as bright and promising as anyone I have ever worked with.”
Thank you, David, for all you do for Oconee County!
Meet Lara Crowe, the Administrative Assistant for Oconee County Fire Rescue. Lara joined Oconee County on February 14, 2000.
Lara is a lifelong Oconee resident and a graduate of Oconee High School. Her husband Tommy Crowe is a Fire Rescue Volunteer and Station Chief, and her father, brother-in-law, and son have all served as Fire Rescue Volunteers. Fire Rescue is truly a shared passion in Lara’s family! Lara’s sister also works for Oconee County in Code Enforcement.
When she is not working at Oconee County, Lara enjoys working on her farm.
Her favorite part of her job is being a part of the Oconee County Volunteer Fire Department team. Lara says that the entire department is a great group of individuals who truly are a family.
“Lara tirelessly works behind the scenes with minimal recognition to ensure the success of Oconee County Fire Rescue and the Oconee County Emergency Management Agency,” says Oconee County EMA Director C.J. Worden. “Her pleasant demeanor, attention to detail, and general willingness to make life easier on all of us ensure that she is a critical link in the chain of public safety. To Lara, I offer you my thanks for your continuous efforts that are always accompanied by a smile.”
Thank you, Lara, for all you do for Oconee County!
Michael Wayne Weathers
Meet Michael Wayne Weathers, Oconee County Road Superintendent. Michael joined Oconee County on August 8, 1993, and has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of road work.
Michael is a resident of Barrow County and has a daughter named Micah. When he is not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He also enjoys construction and remodeling projects.
Michael says his favorite part of his job is the challenge it brings.
“Every day you come and don’t know what you will be facing,” says Michael. "We have a schedule, but you have to prioritize.”
“Michael brings an infectious enthusiasm to work,” Public Works Director Emil Beshara says. “He cares about the quality of service the Oconee County Road Department provides, and he is good at motivating the crews to deliver. Oconee County is fortunate to have had such a dedicated employee for the past 25+ years.”
Thank you for all you do for Oconee County, Michael, and for keeping us safe on our roads!
Meet Charlotte Connell, a Site Attendant at the Oconee County Macon Highway Collection Site and Recycling Center. Charlotte joined Oconee County four years ago, following her retirement from Gwinnett County, where she worked in the Finance Department for 25 years.
Charlotte is a graduate of Loganville High School and also attended Tucker High School. She currently lives in Athens, but is a previous Oconee County resident. Charlotte’s family includes her husband David, daughter Laura, son Chad, and three grandchildren—13-year-old Linley, 5-year-old Beck, and 3-year-old Elsie Kate. Charlotte is also the grandmother of Piper, who passed away in 2012. Charlotte is looking forward to meeting her newest grandchild, Josie, who will be arriving any day now!
When Charlotte isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and her two dogs, Charlie and Rudy. She also enjoys playing computer games.
Charlotte is a passionate advocate for the search for a cure for pediatric cancer. She is a dedicated supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and CURE Childhood Cancer.
Charlotte says her favorite part of her job is encouraging and educating people about recycling!
Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission Executive Director Cindy Pritchard describes Charlotte as “passionate about her job and always willing to go the extra mile to improve recycling in Oconee County.”
Stormwater/ Environmental Coordinator Amy Morrison says, “Charlotte has been an amazing asset to the Sanitation Department for the last four years. She is honest, dependable, and actively seeks out things that need to be done without being asked. Her integrity shows in the way that she always performs her job duties to the highest standards. Charlotte is an outstanding employee, and Oconee County is lucky to have her!”
Thank you, Charlotte, for all you do for our county!
Meet Cindy Hardigree, the Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department Office Assistant at Oconee Veterans Park. Cindy joined the Parks & Recreation Department on November 28, 2005, as the Office Assistant at Herman C. Michael Park. Prior to joining the county, Cindy worked at Oconee State Bank.
Cindy grew up in Bogart and is a graduate of Athens Christian School. Her family includes her husband Matt, daughter and son-in-law Shelley and Jay Feldner, daughter and son-in-law Brittany and Josh Collins, daughter Anna Leigh Hardigree, and stepson and daughter-in-law Blake and Kaylee Hardigree. Cindy also has two grandsons, Bennett Cash Feldner, who is four years old, and Harrison John Feldner, who is two years old. Cindy is looking forward to welcoming her third grandchild into the family soon.
When she isn’t at work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, traveling, and visiting the mountains and beach.
Cindy says her favorite thing about her job is talking to the regular patrons she sees on a daily or weekly basis and introducing the newcomers she meets to all the great things about Oconee County. She loves working with and helping members of the public, and she loves her work family.
Oconee County Parks & Recreation Director Lisa Davol says, “Cindy Hardigree is the friendly face of the Parks and Recreation Department. She makes every park patron smile with her exceptional customer service. We are lucky to have such an amazing person on our TEAM that truly cares about serving our community.”
Thank you, Cindy, for all you do for Oconee County!
Meet Sandy Maxwell, a customer service expert in the Oconee County Water Resources Department. Sandy joined the Oconee County family on March 31, 2008.
Sandy grew up in Greene County, where she attended Green County High School, but is now a long-time resident of Oconee County. Prior to working for our Water Resources Department, Sandy gained experience working in a college bookstore and as a credit manager for Farmers Furniture, and she even trained and worked as an EMT!
Sandy’s family includes her husband Charles, sons Mathew Maxwell and Michael Lanier, daughters-in-law Brianna Maxwell and Miranda Lanier, and granddaughter Carley Maxwell. Sandy’s family also includes three dogs—a pit bull, a chihuahua, and a rat terrier.
When Sandy isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter and going to the mountains with her husband. She also loves going to drag racing events and tractor pulls.
Sandy says her favorite part of her job is meeting and interacting with her customers.
“Sandy is a valued employee in the Water Resources Department,” says Oconee County Water Resources Director Tim Durham. “Her ten years of employment here provide us with a strong background knowledge for customer accounts. She is a friendly face who interacts well with the public, and our customers love her. Oconee County is blessed to have Sandy!”
Thank you, Sandy, for all you do for Oconee County!