COVINGTON, Ga. — Rev. Eric Threets has declared his intent to run for mayor of Covington.
Threets is beginning a campaign for Mayor of the City of Covington on November 7, 2023, with the expectation of using his expertise in leadership and business to ‘Keep Covington Citizens as Our First Priority!’
Threets fell in love with the community where he and his wife chose to raise their family. They have seen some good things put in place over the past several years but realize more is necessary to position Covington for the transitions of this growing city.
He notes continued revenue growth is necessary to expand the city while maintaining a small-town presence.
“Covington continues to grow, and we must have plans to facilitate growth as well as mitigate any potential losses. Attracting new residents and necessary talent is ideal, but we must also prepare citizens of Covington to occupy and succeed in increased capacities while remaining a close- knit community.”
Professionally, Threets has a well-established and impressive background in leadership within the medical, business, and spiritual fields.
Having deep roots (on maternal side) in Morgan and Putnam counties, he began his career in physical therapy with the Morgan Memorial and Putnam General Hospitals.
While there, Threets developed his skills and phenomenal patient satisfaction which allowed him to work with prominent physicians and eventually relocate to Maryland where he became part of the first trauma center in the United States. From there, Threets was recruited to New Jersey where he was Practice Administrator for the second largest multidisciplinary, primary care, healthcare center in the state.
Threets was responsible for 250 employees including physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, mental health professionals, medical staff and support personnel with an operating budget in excess of $32 million annually.
In seeking new challenges, Threets decided to transition to the private sector where he climbed the corporate ladder quickly and was recognized on the national level for his achievements. His leadership significantly increased new business, positively impacted revenue and led in customer retention.
In 2008, Threets decided to relocate his family to Covington, GA and not too soon after that, he accepted the call to ministry. He received his training from Luther Rice College and Seminary in Lithonia. In addition to receiving his Master’s in Apologetics degree, he continues to study toward his Master’s in Divinity degree.
Today, Threets is a licensed and ordained minister and serves his community as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Piedmont Newton Hospital, a board member with the Covington Development Authority as well as, formally, the Covington Historic Preservations Committee. He is also a law enforcement officer with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.