In the meantime, he was hired by the city. He wouldn’t be taking any more classes at Gadsden State, but for the next 20 years, he would take many classes to make him certified in various areas to help keep the city running safely and effectively.
Carr has had a number of jobs with the city. He has been operations foreman of the utilities department and building inspector.
In 2003, he was hired as street and sanitation department superintendent, his current position. He oversees a number of departments in this capacity.
He’s over landfill, animal control and the mechanic, welding and carpenter shops.
“My primary role though is making sure the streets, traffic lights, drainage and such as that are all maintained,” Carr said. “It’s like most any job. You have good days and bad days, but for the most part, I enjoy it. I have a lot of good people who work for me and who care a lot about their job, and that makes my job a lot easier.”
Carr had to pass an eight-hour test to become certified to be a building inspector.
“That was a unique day,” he said. “I’ve been to a lot of classes with the utility and street department. I’m certified as a landfill operator and underground storage tank operator. That’s another thing under my supervision, the fuel center. Constance Nations is also certified. We’re both certified for that. You basically have to run it like a service station that sells to the public. We have to have certified operators on hand.”
Carr is also the city’s arborist.
“When Jacksonville became a Tree City USA a few years ago, the mayor nominated me,” he said.
Carr and his wife, the former Carla Slaght, have two sons.
Hunter, 17, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, is contemplating a career as a nurse practitioner. Cameron, 22, works at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. He’s currently taking classes to get certified in that area.
“The city’s probably in as good a shape as it’s ever been,” said Carr. “The mayor (Johnny Smith) is about as good of a fellow as there is. He’s got a real good head on his shoulders.”
Carr is the son of Richard and Emma Carr. His brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Johnnie Carr, have two children, Heath Carr and Caitlyn Carr Abernathy.
Carr likes to hunt and fish, but said he had rather just spend time with his family.
“We do a lot of stuff together,” he said. “Our sons have always been active in sports, so we’ve spent a lot of time at ball fields. We like to camp a lot. Pretty much, as long as we’re together, we’re happy.”
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