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12/13/2018 7:39:00 AM
Ron Rombs Jr. & Alex Patton Honored
Annual County Employee Luncheon Wednesday
County Manager Kelly Atkins announced the awards of Employee of the Year to Ron Rombs Jr. (above) and Department Head of the Year to Alex Patton (below).(Photos Courtesy Amy Atkins)
County Manager Kelly Atkins
announced the awards of Employee
of the Year to Ron Rombs Jr.
(above) and Department Head of the
Year to Alex Patton (below).

(Photos Courtesy Amy Atkins)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Each year just before Christmas, Lincoln County holds a banquet to honor county employees. Awards for years of service are presented and an Employee of the Year is named along with a department head of the year.

This year's event at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Wednesday saw Ron Rombs Jr. Prior to joining the county's Information Technology department, Rombs served for over a dozen years in Emergency Communications, finishing his time there as Operations Manager. During the hurricanes that struck our state this past summer, he served as the primary Public Information Officer coordinating information that went out to the public helping people to stay safe and avoid any panic.

Alex Patton was named the Department Head of the Year. Patton served as a County Commissioner, later running for Clerk of Court, an election he lost. He agrees now that God had other plans for him. In January 2017, he was named Lincoln County's Veterans Service Officer. Most vets agree that he has been--in that position--a God-send. Patton goes above and beyond the requirements of the job. He really cares about the vets he serves.

Both men are deeply religious. Rombs is a youth pastor working with Hull's Grove Baptist Church-North Campus. He has also served as a volunteer assistant football coach.

Patton is the chairman of the board of Hesed House and for those homeless persons who find food and lodging there, one of the things he has done is invited those who care to attend to join him Sunday mornings at Highland Drive Free Will Baptist Church. He exhibits the principle that has become most important at Hesed House--attempting to change lives by offering a 'hand up' instead of just a 'hand out.'

Others honored at the event Wednesday included those who had retired this year from county service:

David Carpenter
David Froehbrodt
Tim Johnson
William Eaker
Dennise Racey
Gladys S. Holis
Linda Morrison
Sandra Lynn Scruggs
Susan McCracken
Rickey McSwain
John Carpenter
Martha Seagle
Mary D. Heavner
Margaret Ouzts-Burch
David Scott Sneed
Stacy Montelongo
Sheila Jolley
Donna Norwood
Larry Reid
Christine Keener
Walter White

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Awards were also presented for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service.

30-Year Awards were presented to:

Rachel Carpenter
Elaine Cook
Patty Dellinger
Robin Franklin

25-Year Awards were presented to:

Tony Carpenter
Robin Diggs
Stephanie Elmore
Olan Henderson
Tim Johnson
Penny Sherrill
Julie Upton
Kevin Yount

20-Year Awards were presented to:

Angie Auton
David Avery II
Lesli Brown
Mary Burgess
Jennifer Carpenter
Bill Gibbs Jr.
Joshua Henley
Mendie Kelly
Ruth Lockman
Cynthia Lovelace
Sharon Puckett
Jennifer Sigmon
Amiee Stockton
William Warren Jr.

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