Living. Growing. Prospering.
Douglasville, Ga- Douglas County Director of Government Services Gary Jenkins through the Board of Commissioners has announced Mr. Ross Clark has been promoted to Fleet Manager, supervising the mechanic and maintenance division for Douglas County government. Clark replaced the well-loved and admired Danny Agan who retired from the position after more than 30 years.
"After being mentored by Danny Agan, I applied for the position and was promoted," Clark said. "My background in the automotive industry was a big help in preparing me for this position." Born in Detroit, Michigan, arguably the birthplace for America's auto industry, Clark's passion for repairing and maintaining vehicles should be no surprise to those who know him.
"I was a technician for Chrysler for 17 years around Atlanta and a service manager for three," Clark said. "I look forward to a long and fulfilling career with the county."
Clark's grandfather worked for General Motors as well as his uncle who retired from General Motors and at one time even Clark's mother worked for General Motors. Clark believes hard work and dedication got him to this point in his career and he believes Douglas County offers excellent opportunities and beautiful people. Clark found the woman of his dreams from here. "My wife's a Douglas County native, and that's why I feel so connected to the county."
Clark takes over a position in Fleet Management that is critical to parts recycling. Jenkins said Fleet management had saved over $25,000 by using parts from surplus vehicles. "This practice will be expanded in 2018 and forward to include body parts for wrecked and damaged vehicles," Jenkins said.
In his spare time with what little he has after working long hours and days to help keep County owned vehicles operational, Clark enjoys the outdoors. "I love to camp, hunt and ride my Harley," Clark said.
From sunrise to sunset, Clark serves as a valuable person to Douglas County's Fleet Management team since the department is responsible for repairing and maintaining the entire fleet of county-owned vehicles including fire trucks and sheriff's office vehicles. When those vehicles get damaged, they are taken to the warehouse on Fairburn Road where Clark then decides next steps.
"Ross Clark has distinguished himself over his peers ever since he started with Douglas County and was the clear choice to manage the growing Fleet following Danny Agan's retirement," Assistant Government Services Director Heath Cowart said. "He brings a vast amount of knowledge, experience, and leadership to the table and has honorably served our nation's military and become an asset to Douglas County." Clark served in the United States Army. "I'm fortunate to be here, and I thank God I'm here," Clark said.
Clark calls Georgia home after living in seven different states both east and west of the Mississippi River. Having parents who trained racehorses, Clark moved around a lot. "I have spent most of my life in north Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee," Clark said. "Having owned an automotive repair facility, and at the age I am, I decided that I needed to find somewhere to retire," Clark said. "As luck would have it, the county was looking for a fire apparatus technician, and I applied."
Clark and his wife Connie have been married for 27 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren.