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January 18, 2014

Willkomm named city Employee of the Month

TIFTON — Jim Willkomm, assistant to the chief of police, was recognized as December’s Employee of the Month at Thursday night’s City Council workshop/called meeting.

Police Chief Buddy Dowdy said he recommended Willkomm, who is 84 years old and a retired Marine, for the recognition, he said, because of a hundred reasons, but he gave two important ones.

“The two things that stick out about him the most number one is his tenacity,” he said. “I don’t care how small or how big the project is he jumps on it with both feet. He is relentless. He will not accept mediocrity, and anything short of perfection to him is a failure.”

Dowdy added that the second thing about Willkomm is his work ethic.

“I have a lot of respect for him. He is my secretary, but he’s the toughest man I’ve ever worked for,” he said. Everyone laughed and clapped.

In the absence of Mayor Jamie Cater, who listened in and led the meeting from a speakerphone, Vice Mayor Johnny Terrell presented the Employee of the Month certificate to Willkomm. Terrell thanked him for all that he does.

Although Willkomm is a retired veteran, Cater said he’s always heard that “once a Marine, always a Marine.”

“And, that’s what Jim Willkomm is. He’s done a splendid job,” he said.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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