David McCuen stands in the clearing that is the future site of the new electrical substation in Abbeville.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->(Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
David McCuen stands in the clearing that is the future site of the new electrical substation in Abbeville.
(Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)

ABBEVILLE - Standing atop the newly cleared hilltop less than two minutes from Abbeville's Court Square, David McCuen looked a bit out of place.
He certainly felt comfortable, smirking as he looked at the muddy tracks of the path taken to the hilltop and the trees surrounding the clearing. But the black suit, tie and dress shoes didn't lend themselves to a day looking down as surveyors measured and recorded the area around the new clearing.
"This, this is what it's all about really," McCuen said, motioning to the clearing. "This is what city government is about."
The clearing itself wasn't the focus of McCuen's pride. The clearing is the future site of the new electrical substation. The substation is one of the critical upgrades the city will make to its electrical grid.

"You're taking an undeveloped piece of land and investing infrastructure that will really help people," McCuen said. "This new substation is going to help provide electricity, at a lower cost and with more stability for the next 40 to 50 years for Abbeville's citizens. Doing things like this, improving the quality of life for a community's residents, that's the reason I wanted to become a city manager."
While McCuen, 29, admits, for a child thinking to the future, city manager hardly has the ring to it as astronaut or NFL football player, he realized early on the impact civil servants could have.
"I grew up in Greenville, graduated from GHS in 2002 and growing up there and seeing the change with businesses, infrastructure and everything and everybody that went into that, I felt like that was something I wanted to do," McCuen said.

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