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New city manager getting familiar with surroundings

RINCON — Haven’t met Rincon’s new city manager yet?

Don’t worry. He’s probably headed your way.

John Klimm, named city manager by the Rincon City Council early this month, is making the rounds getting to know the community and its people. He updated the council on his progress during Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“I spent a considerable amount of time over the past week touring the fire district, our recreational facilities, our golf course, and I will be with (Lt. Jose Ramirez, acting police chief) to meet the men and women of the police department (Tuesday) at 12:30 (p.m.) during the shift change,” he said. “I not only want to them collectively, but I want to set up a series of meetings to give me an opportunity to meet with each officer individually to ask them for their input in terms of the department and future leadership.”

Klimm is leading the search for a police chief following the recent resignation of Phillip Scholl.

“This past week, I also had an opportunity to meet the (executive director) of the Coastal Regional Commission — Mr. Allen Burns — who came in to explain the mission of his agency,” Klimm said.

Klimm told Mayor Ken Lee that he would like to attend commission meetings — they are usually conducted at Richmond Hill — with him.

“I also told Mr. Burns I would like to spend a couple of hours with him to meet his staff,” Klimm said. “I obviously am curious as to what services we presently receive and am always looking for additional opportunities for the city.

“That should happen over the next month.”

The Coastal Regional Commission is a multi-county planning agency that offers planning services in the areas of transportation, water resources and historic preservation.

Also last week, Klimm met members of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and conducted his initial staff meeting. He plans to have staff meetings biweekly.

Following Klimm’s report, Ramirez updated the police department’s plan to handle traffic at the new Rincon Elementary School on Fort Howard Road. An open house is slated Tuesday and school starts Aug. 2.

See the July 25 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.