By Yustin Riopko
MONROE – Former Union County Chief of Human Resources Mark Watson was officially appointed county manager Dec. 31.
Watson, who has been with Union County for 24 years, called 2018 a successful year, citing projects like the Monroe Library renovation, a new human services building, a new water reservoir at Catawba River and a new firing range and training center.
“That just makes it that much more exciting what is going to take place in 2019,” Watson said. “The level of optimism that I have been met with over the last few weeks is just off the chart. There’s some things that you expect to happen and occur when an event like this happens in your life. There’s all kinds of well wishes and congratulations that happen, and you expect that. But the thing that has really struck me is the level of optimism that people are expressing in the hope that they have for what will happen in 2019.”
County commissioners congratulated Watson at a special meeting, calling him “the man for the job,” and commending his knowledge of the county and government.
“One of the first conversations I had with Mark is, ‘What are we gonna do in HR?’” board chairman Richard Helms mused. “And he says, ‘I got a team that could run themselves!’ speaking highly of his team. And that’s what I’m looking forward to – the other employees throughout the county to be able to see that caring nature that [Watson has] for the employees … I think we’re very blessed to have a gentleman of this stature and honor.”
Watson and his wife, Jewel, have three children and two grandchildren. They live in Waxhaw.