The Butts County Board of Commissioners held its April meeting on the 8th and honored several employees, two for outstanding service and several for years of service. During the meeting, the Board honored Butts County Superior Court Clerk Rhonda Smith and Chief Deputy Clerk Beth Weaver as Five Star Employees. Commissioner Roger McDaniel noted that both Smith and Weaver ran an efficient operation and always worked within their budget, asking only for what was absolutely necessary.

Later the board honored several Butts County employees for longevity with the County


Pictured in front row, left to right: Amanda Ponder, Firefighter EMT, 5 Years; Chris McMurray, Firefighter EMT, 5 Years; Alan Ingram, Firefighter EMT, 10 Years; Christy Lawson, Zoning Administrator, 15 Years; Virginia Holton, 911 Director, 20 Years; Jim Wallace, Tax Appraiser, 20 Years; Robert Smith, Sheriff’s Lieutenant, 30 Years. Rear row: Commissioner’s Roger McDaniel, Robert Henderson, Gator Hodges, Keith Douglas and Mike Patterson. (Photo courtesy of Mike Davis, Jackson Progress Argus)

Four employees received gold pins, which are awarded to employees serving 20, 25 and 30 years or above.

Virginia Holton received a twenty year gold pin. Holton began with the County in 1993, serving briefly in the Sheriff’s Office before transferring to the new E-911 department which opened that same year. She has worked as a supervisor, Assistant 911 Director and, since 2004 as Director of the County’s fourth largest department.

Jim Wallace also began with the County in 1993 and received a gold pin for twenty years of service. Wallace has worked as an appraiser with the Butts County Board of Assessors his entire tenure with the County and is the department’s personal property appraiser.

Marty Long, who was absent due to illness, will receive a gold pin for 25 years of service in the Public Works Department. Long began his tenure in the public works department in 1988, moving up to Foreman and later, Director of Public Works, the position he has held since 1998.

Robert Smith becomes the County’s third longest-serving active employee with 30 years of service. He went to work for the Butts County Sheriff’s Office in 1983, serving ten years under Sheriff Billy Leverette and twenty years under Sheriff Gene Pope. He currently works under Sheriff Gary Long and holds the rank of Lieutenant.

Smith joins Firefighter Paramedic Simone Mooney and Firefighter EMT Foster Fears, who are the first and second longest-serving active employees respectively, as the only active employees who have served thirty or more years with the County.

Congratulations to all those honored!