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Forsyth County government adds two new environmental positions
The Forsyth County government recently announced the hires of Charles McDaniel, code enforcement officer, and Sam Buckles, environmental scientist manager. Both are new positions.

Forsyth County has hired a pair of new employees to keep the county green.

The county government recently announced the hires of Sam Buckles, environmental scientist manager, and Charles McDaniel, code enforcement officer. Both are new positions.

“These new positions will provide assistance to the Recycling and Solid Waste Department in several capacities including monitoring operations of landfills within the county,” said Forsyth County Manager Eric Johnson in a news release. “Both Sam and Charles bring a wealth of knowledge to the county in the area of environmental compliance and we are excited for them to begin.”

Buckles, who holds a degree in chemical engineering from Tennessee Technological University, will serve as a liaison for the community, who will answer questions, provide information and help resolve issues.

Part of his duties will include "regularly interacting with the public, individual citizens and stakeholders involved in landfill operations.”

He has worked in environmental roles for more than 30 years, including with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Protection Division and the Georgia Environmental Protection Decision’s Air Protection Branch.

Buckles will start with the county on July 2.

In his role, McDaniel will inspect code compliance for environmental protections, solid waste disposal, illegal dumping and other issues.

McDaniel holds a degree in food processing and microbiology from Clemson University and an associate degree in business from Georgia State University.

He previously worked as an environmental specialist with the state EPS and as an environmental specialist with the Gwinnett County Environmental Health Department.

His first day will be July 9.