Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

June 26, 2013

New Olive Hill coordinator takes on challenges

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

June 26, 2013 — Less than a month into his new job with the City of Olive Hill, Joey Back's desk is already piled high with stacks of paperwork representing some of the largest undertakings happening in the city.

For the lifelong Carter Countian, managing community projects and the city's safety issues are challenges he's eager to face.

“The biggest thing as far as community projects go is money because everyone is on a really tight budget,” said Back.

“Making sure everyone is up to speed on safety is the top goal. We're in the process of looking at new safety training for employees and bringing buildings and equipment in line with the safety codes.”

Back also manages the ongoing effort to relocate the fire department and maintenance buildings, as well as grants for trail-related activities and the possible installation of a splash pad at the city park.

The challenge of handling Olive Hill's largest community projects, however, isn't what motivated Back to step into this role. It was his family.

“For years I worked in Lexington and Louisville, having to make that drive every day. I wanted a chance to settle down and spend more time with my wife and kids,” Back said.

Given the recent turmoil in city government, Back believes working together toward common objectives is the most important goal he wants to achieve in his new job.

“I think there's a more positive mindset at City Hall these days,” he said. “There's a lot of pressure right now on everyone here to succeed, so it's really important that the new people continue to have a good outlook.”

For Back's part, he appears to be carrying himself with ease given the demanding nature of his new role.

Those interested in more information about ongoing community projects and safety issues in the city can contact him at 286-5533.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.