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Oconee Utility Director Resigns Over Sewer Spills

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Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, head of Oconee County’s beleaguered utility department, has resigned effective June 19.

Thomas, 42, has been with the county for 17 years and has been director of the utility department since 2008.

The resignation comes after a tumultuous 10-week period during which a citizen presented video that seemed to show a malfunction of the Calls Creek wastewater treatment plant, a consultant criticized the operation and management of the county’s two sewage facilities, and the county reported three sewage spills.

Thomas said he handed in his resignation on Monday and that he has “no idea what I’m going to do next.”

He said he would look for work outside of county and municipal water and sewer operations.

“I want something that is not political,” he said.

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