By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – A familiar face for many around the Prince George government complex and the community was recognized this month as he prepares to enter retirement and leave the county after years of dedicated service.
Longtime Prince George county employee and General Services Director George Poulson was joined by his wife as he received a commendation from supervisors honoring him for his years of service to the county through a variety of roles across different stints as a county staff member.
Board Chairman Bill Robertson presented Poulson with the resolution as friends, family, and fellow employees watched and clapped as Poulson heads back into retirement effective October 1.
In Sept. 2008, Poulson returned to the county following a brief retirement, coming back as a part-time business license inspector in the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office, where he was eventually promoted to a full-time business license inspector/personal property auditor in June of 2009.
Eventually, Poulson was transferred to the County Administrator’s Office in September of 2011 where he worked as a project management specialist and was later promoted in May of 2016 to Director of Prince George’s General Services Department.
According to the county, Poulson was instrumental in a number of key projects in Prince George, including the construction of the new county administration building, the animal services and adoption center, the Carson Volunteer Fire Department, the Central Wellness Center, renovations at the Burrowsville and Disputanta Volunteer Fire Departments, the Scott Park Playground, and the Human Services Building renovations, among others.
“Mr. Poulson has served the citizens of the county to the utmost of his ability, demonstrating commitment, integrity, and devotion in a manner bespeaking the dedication of a true public servant,” Robertson said. “Mr. Poulson’s institutional knowledge and technical skills are irreplaceable and will be sorely missed by the General Services Department, the county, and its citizens.”
After shaking hands with the Board, many of the supervisors had kind words for Poulson during last week’s meeting.
“I truly hope you enjoy retirement and it has been a pleasure having you in the county, both with the schools and here on this campus,” Supervisor Alan Carmichael remarked. “You will be missed and I hope you’ll stay in touch and you can get to kick back and relax.”
Those words were echoed by County Administrator Percy Ashcraft, who worked closely with Poulson during his time with the county.
“Having Poulson recognized tonight further accentuates the fact that Prince George has the ability to attract employees that have risen above average and strive to be excellent in their work,” Ashcraft remarked. “Even though he’s retiring, the efforts he has put in over the years and within the last year or two as Director of General Services, those efforts will affect generations old and young.”
“Our directors are working people,” he continued. “They get into the fields, into the weeds, and they respond. I am just as proud as I can be to be the leader of this employee base and I see the struggles other localities have to in keeping personnel, but our people are committed and they love this county.”
Tapped as Poulson’s replacement, Michael Purvis has already begun working as the county’s new director of General Services.