Bulloch County Commission Chairman Garrett Nevil said Thursday he plans to seek a "true" retirement and will not qualify to run for re-election.
"After spending 28 years with Sea Island Bank (where he worked as a loan officer and vice president of lending), I thought I was retiring, until I took the County Commission job," he said.
Nevil is serving the 12th year as Bulloch County Commission chairman, having been elected for three consecutive terms.
He cited aging and health challenges as reasons for retiring. He will soon be 72 years old.
"It has been an honor for me to serve Bulloch County citizens as commission chairman," he told the Statesboro Herald Thursday. "I have been blessed to have a competent board of commissioners to work with as well as having one of the best county managers in the state. Having a highly educated and skilled staff has made the job much easier to handle."
He said he has enjoyed meeting people and learning much about county and state government. "It has been a real educational experience," he said. "I have no regrets. It has been a rewarding experience for me."
Nevil takes pride in accomplishments within the county during his tenure. "Together we have made much progress over the past 11 years, and I am looking forward to seeing how much more we can accomplish during this final year of my term."
While serving as commissioner, Nevil saw Bulloch County attract industry - Great Dane and affiliate companies Thermo King and Carrier; GAF Insulation and Aspen Aerogels.
He has seen the construction of the new Bulloch County Annex addition, the Bulloch County 911 Emergency Operations Center, new fire and EMS substations in Brooklet and the Bulloch County Fire Department was created and expanded during his terms in office.
Also, the county has achieved extension of water and sewer service to the Interstate 16 and Highway 301 area, where the county's newest industrial park is under way, he said.
Nevil said more exciting projects are planned for his final year in office, and after that, he hopes to "piddle around the farm," hunt, fish and travel with his wife Emily.
According to www.bullochcounty.net, Nevil is a Statesboro High school graduate, achieved a business administration degree with concentration in marketing from Georgia Southern College (now University), and has served on the Development Authority of Bulloch County board, airport board, and Ogeechee Law Enforcement Academy board. He has also served on the Ogeechee Area Hospice board and the with the Peanut Producers Association.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.