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Stegall reflects on his tenure as Greer CPW general manager

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2013


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position as a utility that we cannot just agree to agree to write off a debt.

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Nick Stegall ends his 4 ½ -year tenure as General Manager at Greer Commission of Public Works Friday, the day of his formal retirement from lifetime service to public works. He will be honored tonight at City Council with a proclamation.

Jim Fair

Nick Stegall ends his 4 ½ -year tenure as General Manager at Greer Commission of Public Works Friday, the day of his formal retirement from lifetime service to public works. He will be honored tonight at City Council with a proclamation.



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Randy Olson, left, has been named interim General Manager at Greer CPW as a search committee looks for a replacement for the retiring Nick Stegall. Carlos Gittens, right, is the Inland Port Project Manager.

Jim Fair

Randy Olson, left, has been named interim General Manager at Greer CPW as a search committee looks for a replacement for the retiring Nick Stegall. Carlos Gittens, right, is the Inland Port Project Manager.



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Nick Stegall presents a $100 voucher to winners of a social media campaign for customers to sign up for direct billing.

Jim Fair

Nick Stegall presents a $100 voucher to winners of a social media campaign for customers to sign up for direct billing.

No matter how much you want to help people you can work with them and develop a payment plan they can live with. Usually what it boils down to is no matter how much you work with someone if they are not making any progress at all on the amount they owe then it’s obvious it really doesn’t help them to prolong it any longer, because they will just continue to owe more and more. That’s really the rule that rises to the top when you’re dealing with people.

We maintain a list of agencies and we call those agencies and communicate with them a good bit. Sometimes they will call us and say they intend to send us a check on behalf of a customer to advise us to cut utilities back on.  It is (gut-wrenching) because when you meet with them face to face, they tend to tell you about their situation and the fact they may have lost a job and they may have a situation where grand children have moved in with them.

You hear a lot of tough stories. You want to help them, and you can help them by giving them a little more time but the one thing it always boils down to is when you give them more time, will that help them eventually to pay off what they owe so the power can stay on?  It’s not fair to all our customers if folks just add to their debt and owe more and more. Eventually you will have to cut them off and then all your other customers must pay for that. There’s a balance. It’s the toughest thing.

Part II: Nick Stegall talks about the Inland Port and its impact, his relationship with Greer and where the city is headed, and what the new general manager’s challenges will be.

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