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Marion County EOC Director steps down

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Director of the Emergency Operations Center in Marion County, Charlie Conerly said farewell and retired Wednesday.

Conerly became the EOC Director in April 1986, and after dedicating more than 26 years of his life to the community he decided to hand over his position.

"I'm saying good-bye, time to hang it up, put somebody new and young in it," said Conerly. "My health is not getting any better, it's kind of getting a little worst. I'm turning it over to a younger guy that can get in and out of a computer, and I'm going to be around to help him."

Conerly's farewell reception at the Columbia Justice Court was preceded by the swearing-in of the new EOC Director for Marion County, Aaron Greer.

"Charlie's done a very good job in the position that he's been for twenty-six and a half years," said Greer. "I hope I'm as good as he is."

Although no longer EOC Director, Conerly says he will still be around to volunteer and finish getting FEMA paperwork done from the last hurricane.

Conerly says he came in on April Fools Day and is going out on Halloween Day.