Sunday, April 7, 2013
North Augusta's City Council newcomer David McGhee is excited to start his political role. With no political background, this newcomer says he feels that is one quality that's going to be good for North Augusta.
"I'm excited about it because I bring a new attitude, new mindset and, hopefully, some fresh ideas," he said. "I've always been out in the community, getting to know more people in the community, and now I have a chance to use what I've learned to represent North Augusta."
McGhee said he has always been interested in public service. Some of his work includes working with different area municipalities as part of the Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission. In McGhee's words, he's "worked with the city of Augusta in the past and wanted to get involved and become a more active citizen." This new role will give him the chance.
McGhee's also a project manager and general manager at Sitec, a civil and environmental engineering firm in Aiken, and he enjoys working at Sitec because "there are always new challenges in the construction industry, and I enjoy working with people."
Not only is McGhee a hard-working professional, but he's a dedicated volunteer coach for baseball and football and holds a committee seat with Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
When McGhee isn't preparing for his Council role, volunteering or working, he enjoys playing sports and playing with "remote control cars and airplanes" in his spare time.
This North Augusta resident is originally from Rochester, N.Y., but he grew up in Aiken, where he graduated from South Aiken High School, went to USC Aiken and later transferred and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Housing and Consumer Economics. McGhee currently lives in North Augusta with his wife Ruthie McGhee and three children, Zachery, 13, Nathan, 10, and Reagan, 3.
"I try to walk a strong Christian life, try to be a good leader, good father and good role model for children," McGee said.
His background includes serving in the Navy from 1989 to 1994. Based largely in San Diego, he was working as an aviation electronics technician. He served as a project manager for the first phrase of downtown North Augusta's "streetscape" work with Beam's Contracting, which was the start of his work in construction in late 1999. Now, some of the things he's been doing to prepare himself to serve on City Council in May are "reviewing budgets, comprehensive plans and parts of ordinances and resolutions."
"I didn't have any political experience. This is the first opportunity I have to serve in this manner," he said. "I'm looking forward to serve the city of North Augusta in this fashion. I'm very encouraged and very enthusiastic about serving. I'm also excited about getting involved and moving forward."