OUR VIEW: Redmill deserves thanks after 42 years

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Randy Redmill has not just been the director of the Walker County Department of Human Resources. For many, after 42 years of service, he is the Walker County Department of Human Resources, practically serving as the face of the agency at meetings and functions. 

Redmill, a Walker County native, is the sixth director to serve the department since it was established in 1935. Only one current DHR director in the state has more years of service than he does.

On March 1, Redmill finally got a rest, retiring from the department. 

Jason Cowart, director of the Fayette County DHR, said that Redmill's name and Walker County are synonymous around the state, adding that Redmill is considered "the cream of the crop." 

"When you do what he has done at this agency for 42 years and you deal with what we do day in and day out, that is not a job. That is not a career. That is a ministry. Unless you feel a deep call within your soul, there is no way that you stay that long to do this kind of work," Cowart said.

Redmill has seen many improvements in services over the years, as a result of welfare reform initiatives that were implemented in the 1990s, the caseload of family assistance cases has been reduced. The number of children in foster care has been reduced. Adult protective services are now offered to help protect the elderly. He was helped to start  Project People, which was formed in the early 1980s to assist individuals who needed help but did not qualify for government assistance.

Redmill says it has been a wonderful career, but it has been wonderful for Walker County to have someone dedicated to the business of helping others in need or distress, many of whom could not help themselves. He has been at the center of this work, especially after becoming director in 1998. 

We wish Redmill a happy retirement - and to get all the human resources he needs for a long, productive life. He deserves our thanks for making the lives of many people better for his work over four decades. 

- Daily Mountain Eagle