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Macon-Bibb County EOC Director Sarita Hill Successfully Leads in the Tradition of the Late
Jimmie Samuel

Macon-Bibb County EOC (Economic Opportunity Council) Executive Director Sarita R. Hill carries on the traditions of the late Jimmie Samuel, who passed away on July 18, 2013 after serving the Macon and surrounding communities for over 35 years.

After graduating from Northeast High School in Macon, Hill received an Associate of Science in Health Information Management from Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia. She then pursued and received a Bachelor’s of Science from Macon State College and a Masters degree in Public Health from the Mercer University School of Medicine.

After the passing of Samuel, Hill was appointed Executive Director of the organization after serving for 28 years under Mr. Samuel's guidance. "As Executive Director of this corporation, I am accountable to this community, our Board of Directors, staff, and ultimately, the families we serve," Hill said. "I greatly rely on my faith, remaining humble and withholding a spirit of gratitude to carry me through difficult times. I know that to whom much is given, much is required and it is my charge to uphold our mission and to continue Mr. Samuel’s legacy of 'Helping People, Changing Lives and Building Families'."
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency, Hill oversees four Administrative and Program Directors and leads a staff of 215 employees while managing a multi-million dollar budget. Under her leadership, the Macon-Bibb EOC has weathered such challenges as major budget cuts, new mandates and a significant shift in personnel while on the battlefield for Macon’s population in need. The EOC provides services such as educational, emergency, employment, health and nutrition, housing, income management, transportation and utility assistance. There are also services for the youth of the community and volunteer positions available for others who would like to help.
Hill expressed great appreciation for Board Chairman Lonnie Miley and the Board of Directors and staff for their unconditional support over the past year and to the many individuals and partnerships that have been forged over the years. “It is because of partnerships with Mayor Reichert and the New Macon-Bibb County Government, Dr. Ivan Allen of Central Georgia Technical College, Cliffard Whitby (Whitby, Inc.), Marjorie Almand/ Martha Blue (Director of Bibb County DFCS), Macon Housing Authority, Bibb County Board of Education, Cpt. Eric Woodford of the Macon Police Department that we have been able to do what we do so successfully," she said.

"A very special 'thank you' to Dr. I.E. Mack of Unionville Baptist Church, Rev. David Stanley of Union Baptist Church, Rev. Walter Glover of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Rev. Baxter Hurley of Forest Hill Church, and Rev. Mike Carswell of Mount Lebanon Church for allowing 11,000 families into their facilities this year to receive energy assistance. We have several other partnerships that make significant contributions to our mission and we are grateful for them all," she continued.

Hill is especially thankful to her supportive husband, Miller, three children (Marquita, Porsha and Miller, Jr.) and two grandchildren, (E.J. and Haley).

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Macon-Bibb County EOC, visit the website at www.maconbibbeoc.com or call (478) 738-3240.

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Gwenette Westbrooks
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