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New Chatham County Manager officially starts


New Chatham County Manager Lee Smith formally began work on Monday after the retirement of former manager Russ Abolt.

Smith spent the morning meeting with department managers and getting a feel for his new surroundings.

He said his first order of business is to get to know the people he's working with and immersing himself in the budget.

"One of my goals, along with the chair and the board, is to look at a strategic plan and see how we can work together to not build a five year plan, but a 20 year plus plan to where we're going to take Chatham County," said Smith. "And work with our municipalities, which are so important to us, to work together as a single government.

Smith previously served as the manager of Wayne County in North Carolina.

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