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:
Gladys S. Holis
Sandra Lynn Scruggs
Mary D. Heavner
David Scott Sneed
Awards were also presented for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service.
30-Year Awards were presented to:
25-Year Awards were presented to:
20-Year Awards were presented to:
David Avery II
Bill Gibbs Jr.
William Warren Jr.
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