Employee Spotlight: Benny Rorie Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager

by Laurie Driver

Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager Benny Rorie (left) works with various agencies around and below Greers Ferry Lake to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible.

Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager Benny Rorie (left) works with various agencies around and below Greers Ferry Lake to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible.

Q. When did you get the position of Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager? A. May 3, 2015

Q. How long have you been at Greers Ferry? A. Since Jan. 1993

Q. What jobs have you held there? A. Park ranger, natural resource specialist, lake manager/deputy operations project manager

Q. Why have you been there so long? A. I love this place, not to mention it’s home.

Q. How long have you been with the Corps? A. 25 Years. I started out with the Corps at Lake Dardanelle in 1990 as a student maintenance worker and moved to Ozark Lake in 1991 as a co-op park ranger. Once I graduated, I was selected as a park ranger at Greers Ferry Lake.

Q. What is the best thing about working for the Corps? A. We provide services that the public really enjoys (electricity, natural resources, outdoor recreation, water supply). Plus the Corps is involved in so many different disciplines, there’s a challenge around every corner.

Q. What is the best part of working at Greers? A. The people, it’s like working with family.

Q. What is the hardest part of being the OPM? A. Dealing with disgruntled/upset customers.

Q. What are your goals as OPM? A. Develop our team to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible, provide a quality outdoor recreation experience with an efficient dependable hydro-power system, while protecting our natural resources (land and water) for future generations.

About rtownsend