Long, who assumed her duties July 14, succeeds Bridget Fowler, who recently retired after 13 years in the post. City Manager Jeff Ellington appointed the new director.
Born in Big Sandy, Long grew up in Hughes Springs, graduating from Hughes Springs High School in 1982. Among her teachers there was Gilmer native Donna Gaddis.
Long was director at Camp Gilmont in rural Upshur County from 1996-1999. She then was voter registrar and a deputy tax assessor-collector for the Upshur County tax assessor-collector’s office from 2001-2008.
After working in oil and gas land research from 2008-2011, she was office manager for Koetter Fire Protection in Gilmer from 2011-2014.
“I feel like I’ve come full circle” from her one-time job as Camp Gilmont manager, Long said Tuesday. “I’m getting to go back to what I really liked and loved,” which is coordinating events and being involved in the community, she said.
“I’m going to utilize the social media” in promoting the civic center, including enhancing its Facebook page,” said Long. She also said the facility on U.S. 271 has “exciting events coming.”
Long recently married lifetime Gilmerite Sammy Long, who has been a Gilmer firefighter for more than 20 years. She also noted her son and two daughters were reared in Upshur County
They are Kyle Neeley of Gilmer, Tayler Wurtz of Whitehouse and Tara Jones of Lindale. The new director also has four grandchildren and a fifth on the way.