After 35 plus years of service, Carole Warlick is retiring as General Manager of Hill Country Transit District, effective August 1, 2020. Carole became General Manager of Hill Country Transit District (HCTD), doing business as “The HOP,” in 1985. Little did she know at the time that it would become an all-consuming career that would take her all over the country and would give her an opportunity to affect the quality of life of so many. During her tenure as General Manager, she has been responsible for the successful management of a nine-county, regional public transit system including Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties which comprise over 9000 square miles of territory and 165,000 people as well as two urban transit districts including the Killeen and Temple urbanized areas which comprise over 300,000 in population. Carole was in charge of the formulation, implementation and administration of the rural and urban systems in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines. She was responsible for the financial direction of HCTD including all contract negotiations with funding agencies and other monetary sources such as the non-emergency medical transportation program. Carole was responsible for the supervision of up to 200 HCTD transit staff, including the provision of required training and evaluations of staff performance, and oversaw a fleet of approximately 180 buses and support vehicles.