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Forney hired as public works director

Riki Forney is no stranger to the area and will be part of the Town of Erwin for years to come.
Forney was introduced as Erwin’s new public works director during the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, March 9.
After 14 years with a non-profit organization in Johnson City, the opportunity arose for Forney to continue to work for the town. Forney has served on the town’s Board of Downtown Revitalization as vice-chair.
“I applied for the position and I want to thank City Recorder (Glenn) Rosenoff and Mayor (Doris) Hensley for the opportunity,” Forney said.
Forney grew up in the Johnson City area. He moved to Erwin with his wife, Brett, who is a Unicoi County High School graduate, nine years ago.
“We loved the small community,” Forney said. “So we relocated to the area. I’ve enjoyed watching the downtown project take off and seeing new businesses come to the area. It is a great community and we plan on spending our time here for the long term.”
Forney has hit the ground running since beginning his new job.
“The job as public works director cumulates in managing processes and services in the town,” he said. “The goal is to help the city function better with the help of the city recorder, BMA and mayor. It delves into multiple areas including streets, sanitation and parks and recreation. It is a job that works in different aspects to help the city grow.”
Along with capital campaign projects going on in the town, the major project underway is the downtown revitalization.
“We’re in phase three,” Forney said. “Everything’s going well, but the weather in February didn’t exactly cooperate with us so we’ve been working to stay on schedule.”
Another project currently underway, Forney added, is improvements to sidewalks and road paving on Carolina Avenue.