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LCRD sends off employee

POSTED: July 17, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Employees come and go. That is the nature of business. The Liberty County Recreation Department honored one of its departing employees Friday at Western Sizzlin.
Shawn Schumacher, who worked for the LCRD for the past two years, is moving to Woodstock to work for the Cherokee Recreation Department. The move puts Schumacher closer to home. He grew up in Jonesboro and his parents live in Atlanta.
Schumacher is glad to be closer to home, but said he is going to miss the relationships he made in Liberty County.
“I have mixed emotions. I’m excited about going up there, but I’m upset that I’m leaving a bunch of people I like to work with and starting over is never fun,” he said. “Part of me wants to stay and part of me wants to be home and close to mom and dad.”
Schumacher worked as a recreation specialist, but started out as a volunteer coach. While coaching, he led an All-star basketball team to a state championship and coached an All-star baseball team deep into the district playoffs.
LCRD Director Jimmy Martin described Schumacher as a hard worker and said he will be missed.
“He did a great job and we will miss him,” he said. “He worked hard, like his coaching and he did everything the best he could.”
Schumacher was hired in June of 2005 to work in the maintenance department. He quickly moved up to pool manager and, later to recreation specialist.
As the recreation specialist, Schumacher spent a lot of time scheduling athletic contests and working with the youth.
In his new position, he will certify coaches and schedule athletic events.
LCRD Sports Director Ricky Gilliard echoed Martin’s comments about Schumacher.
“We had a good working relationship,” he said. “He was a good employee and we became good friends. He had suggestions and we took them and used them to make our department better. We will miss him, but we wish him good luck and I know he wants to be closer to home. We will take the things he brought and put them to good use to make our department better.”
Martin, Gilliard and several more of Schumacher’s co-workers saw him off at a farewell lunch. A touching moment was when he received a plaque from Martin for his service.
“I was in the Army for 6-1/2 years and I never received anything when I left, he said. “Soldiers leaving usually got a going away plaque but I never got anything like that. This is very special to me and I will always keep this.”
Schumacher will not only keep the plaque but several memories with him.
“The good times I had were anytime I was out there on the field with the kids,” he said. No matter, if I was coaching or out on the ballfields or basketball courts. Being out there with the kids is what it’s all about.”

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