So…What’s the Deal with Dale?
I’ve been asked from time to time, what’s your deal? Where did you grow up? How did you get to where you are today? How in the world did you end up in Clinton? These are but a few of the questions I get throughout the community in my day-to-day work. Unlike most of today’s youth, I grew up in the creeks, woods and wearing out bikes in the rural countryside of big Trinity Ridge Community. Where exactly is Trinity Ridge some might ask, well it lays between Laurens and Hickory Tavern; however, close enough to Laurens to dub me a Laurens Middle School Tiger. I will forever be grateful to the textile industry for that is what put bread of our table and clothes on our back. Matter of fact, it helped me to decide to try college at the University of South Carolina where I earned my bachelor’s degree. To pay for room and books, I worked long, hot summers at the Laurens CPW as “summer help” on the water crew. What was my first job? Walking the city with shovel, brush and paint bucket in hand painting all the water hydrants. I actually can’t tell you who or what had more paint on them, the hydrant or me. Upon graduation, the CPW hired me full time on the water crew and I finished my career there as general manager 30 years later. So, I guess you could say utilities are in my blood. Now you ask, “How did you get to Clinton”? While in attendance at a meeting as president of the South Carolina Association of Municipal Power Systems and representing the Laurens CPW, I was approached by the city manager of Clinton who asked if I knew of anyone who would be a great fit for Director of Public Works and Utilities in Clinton. My answer… “sure - what about me?” After successfully completing the interview process the rest is history. If you are interested in my life when I’m not at work here’s a little bibliography. I’ve had the blessing of leading in the music ministry at Calvary Baptist Church on several occasions as interim and bi-vocational music ministry. He has blessed me with the opportunity to continue as music director at Barker’s Creek Baptist Church for 12 years. Any family you ask? I am blessed with the most amazing wife, Linda, and two fine sons. For my strong faith in God, I do believe he directs our steps through life and I can clearly see where he opened doors, and yes, shut them for my good. As your interim city manager I would be honored for your prayers for me and our city as stated in I Timothy 2:1-3 “we are to pray, intercede and give thanks for kings and all people in authority.” This is God’s command to every believer today. Praying for godly leaders is productive toward God’s plan and purpose for our nation, state and city. Allow me to say what an honor it is serve the customer-owners of this fine city. Know that I and the excellent employees, who serve here, work diligently to operate and maintain your utility systems with one goal in mind, to provide the highest quality services which you, the customer-owner, deserve. I am honored to serve as your interim city manager and will do my best to administer the day to day activities of this city that our mayor and council have entrusted to me. (Dale Satterfield is interim city manager of Clinton.)