Bill Ringle

Bill Ringle is new Environmental Health Manager in Blairsville, Georgia

Union County Environmental Health has a new manager. George W. "Bill" Ringle says, "Environmental Specialists Pat Cook and Danny Bohler kept things going from September until I arrived in December. It was an easy transition. Michael Plott left everything in good running order. He spent 32 years developing this program in Union County and it was easy for me to step in and begin work."

Ringle grew up in Augusta, received his Bachelor of Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia in 1993, and moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia to begin his career as an Environmental Health Specialist. Ringle's primary responsibility in Virginia was restaurant and hotel inspection.

Ringle explains, "I eventually developed an interest in on-site sewage management which has been the focus of my career ever since. I moved back to Georgia in 2001 to take a position as lead Environmental Health Specialist in Franklin County. There my primary responsibility was the sewage disposal program which prepared me for the manager position in Union County ."

He adds, "I moved here December 1, 2006 and knew right away that Blairsville, Georgia would be a good place to live."

Union County Environmental Health services include inspection of food service establishments, investigation of food-borne complaints and illnesses, inspection of sewage management systems, subdivision evaluations, rabies control, and prevention of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Environmental Health is located at 55 Hughes St. in Blairsville, Georgia.