DOBSON — It was a slow week for county business, so officials took the time to celebrate their longest-serving employees.
During the Board of Commissioners meeting in the Surry County Government Center this week, the county board recognized employees who hit certain milestones of service this year.
Reaching 10 years of service to the county were: Deborah Shortt, Tax Office; Wayne Banks, Amy Sullivan and John Hawks Jr., Surry County Sheriff’s Office; Sandi Nowlin and Amber Bryant, Health and Nutrition; and Robin Payne, Ruth Towe and Deena Senter, Social Services.
Hitting 15 years were: Dallas Draughn Jr., Public Works; Marty Doss, Rebecca Prim and Sarah Whitaker, Sheriff’s Office; Brenda Chapman and Nikki Hull, Social Services; Abraham Doby, Health and Nutrition; Joshua Jarrell and Jonathan Freeman, EMS; and Seydel Cropps, Cooperative Extension.
The 20-year mark included Amy Simpson, Health and Nutrition; Susan Jarrell, Board of Elections; Roger Bedsaul, Tax Office; and Robert Sardler, Sheriff’s Office.
The final category of 25 years had three members: Darlene Stanley, Tax Office; and Marilyn Snow and Karen Smith, Social Services.
After the recognition ceremony, the county board welcomed people across the hall to a reception in the employees’ honor.
The commissioners mingled with employees and guests before shifting back to the meeting room to finalize county business.