According to Dobson Town Manager Josh Smith, David Jenkins, the town’s fire chief and public works director, really stepped up to the plate in his contribution to the town’s new park. Last week, Smith named Jenkins as Dobson’s employee of the year.
Smith said that after contractors laid sod valued at about $80,000 at the town’s new Dobson Square Park, Jenkins took the park under his wing. Smith said that Jenkins could be seen watering the grass at the park at any given time.
“It’s not actually my job, but it needed water,” said Jenkins, “We all pitch-in around here. It takes an effort from all of us.”
Jenkins said that after working at Dobson’s ABC store he took a job in the town’s maintenance department in 1996. Jenkins eventually became the director of public works for the town. However, he also wears another cap.
Jenkins has been a part of the Dobson Volunteer Fire Department for about 20 years. Three years ago the department’s chief retired. Jenkins took the head job with that department as well. According to Jenkins he now oversees 26 volunteer firefighters and six public works employees.
“No day is ever the same,” said Jenkins when describing his life in the dual role.
At age 59, Jenkins says the small town of Dobson has changed in his lifetime. “I used to know everybody’s name in town. Now it’s booming,” remarked Jenkins, adding that “It’s no New York City or anything.”
Smith and other Dobson officials have credited Dobson Square Park as being a key in the town’s development. “There are people in the park every time I go by,” commented Dobson Commissioner Robin Testerman.
Smith said that people don’t just leave town when the work day is complete. The park, according to Smith, has people visiting Dobson in the evenings and on weekends. Smith said that without Jenkins tirelessly watering sod at all hours of the day, the new park would not look like it does today. “He went above and beyond the call of duty,” said Smith
Jenkins said that he’s been happy to have been a part of making Dobson what it is today.
Along with a plaque, Jenkins received a $250 gift card for his contributions and commitment to the town.