MOULTRIE -- After a month on the job, Moultrie's new city manager, Bob Hopkins, said everything is running smoothly.

"Everything's just moving right along," he said behind his desk Tuesday. "Just business as usual."

While he said that several complaints have come through the city manager's office, it's nothing that he couldn't handle. "You just deal with it and move on," he said.

The 64-year-old was named as Moultrie's manager in April after serving six months as interim director.

One thing he said he's proud of is working with residents of southeast Moultrie, who called on the city to help them rid their neighborhood of crime and unsightly properties.

Hopkins coordinated several city departments to deal with the problems.

"That's what we're here for -- customer service," he said. "I hope to develop a system to deal with all problems people in the city may have. That's a focus I have."

Another project he is about to work on is the reorganization of the customer service departments in the downstairs of City Hall. The reorganization is the work of Assistant City Manager Lance Arnett.

"There are some things down there that need to be addressed, and we'll be doing that real soon," Hopkins said.

At an age when most people are considering how not to work, Hopkins has plenty to keep him busy.

"When I'm not in meetings with city officials, I'm playing with my grandkids," he said.

Hopkins, a man with a small, compact frame, also has his hands full with his new hobby. About three months ago, he and his wife bought motorcycles. While his wife of 13 years, June, has been riding most of her life, Hopkins had never ridden one before.

"I started out riding to the end of the driveway with my legs out. Then I rode around the neighborhood. And the next day I rode 20 miles," he said. "Now I ride it wherever I want. I really enjoy it."

Hopkins said his age doesn't slow him down, and he plans to be with the city for a while.

"As long as I am meeting the needs of the council and the people of Moultrie in managing this city, then I'll be here," he said. "As long as its fun."

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