Tifton Gazette


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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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

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