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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Marietta City Employees Honored for Service


December 3, 2021

CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles 

Communications Manager


MARIETTA - Mayor Steve Tumlin and City Manager Bill Bruton honored both current and recently retired City employees who have served Marietta for a combined total of 1,868 years. The City Manager also awarded several employees with various prestigious City-wide awards. 

City Manager's Award

Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton awarded Amanda Rich, Customer Service Data Specialist in the Customer Care Department and Gregorio Velasquez, City Service Worker-Sanitation in the Public Works Department the City Manager's Award for Exceptional Service for their accomplishments, hard work, and dedication to the City. In addition, the City Manager recognized the Fire Department and the efforts of the employees who volunteered their time and expertise during the construction of the burn building, as well as the Marietta Police Department Recruitment Team for its hard work and dedication in hiring efforts for 2021. This award is presented to employees or groups of employees who provide the best internal service to their fellow colleagues and external service to the public and is generally seen as epitomizing public service.

Darrell Dickerson Marietta First Award

Marc Simmons, Transportation Project Engineer in the Public Works Department, received the Darrell Dickerson Marietta First Award, which includes a plaque and $500 endowment. This award is given to an employee who serves as an ambassador for the City of Marietta, both internally and externally, and who cares about the City and its employees.

2021 Employee of the Year

Jennifer Thorn, Senior Building Trades Inspector in the Public Works Department, and Terry Gayle, Route Driver in the Public Works Department, are recognized as co-employees of the year for 2021. The Employee of the Year award is presented to an employee who is singled out by supervisors, peers, citizens, and customers of the City of Marietta and Board of Lights and Water for consistently having a professional attitude, providing quality customer service, creating an atmosphere of teamwork, having good attendance, and their willingness to serve as a role model.

Supervisor of the Year

Justin Rutland, Major in the Marietta Police Department, received the Alex G. Newsome Memorial Award for Supervisor of the Year. Alex G. Newsome was an employee of the City of Marietta for 35 years. As Superintendent of Electrical Services, Newsome was known for his knowledge of his craft, dedication, excellent teaching skills, tender heart, sense of humor, and homegrown vegetables.

Rising Star Award

Lonnie Kerr, Mail Clerk in the Customer Care Department of the Board of Lights and Water, and Emily Zillweger, Recreation Coordinator in the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department, received the Rising Star Award. This award is presented to full-time employees who have less than two years of full-time service and have made a significant impact in their time with the City. 

The following City employees received various pins or certificates for their years of service to Marietta:


Ronnie Dantzler - BLW Electrical


David Beam - Police

Jackie Shields - Police


Mark Bishop - Police

Sandra Johnson - City Manager’s Office

Michael Julian - BLW Electrical

Clayton Little - Police


John Adkins - Police

Patrick Bonito - Police

Ramona Griffin - Police

Kimberly Holland - BLW Water & Sewer

Samuel Snipes -  Public Works

Tanya Twaddell - Police

Christopher Weaver - Police

Nineteen employees who served the City for a combined total of 473 years retired in 2021:



Lois E. Gay


Kim R. Carlyle

Public Works

Joel E. Mills

Parks, Recreation, and Facilities

Vikki M. Randolph

Development Services

Terry L. Wardlaw


William F. Swafford


Joyce W. Brown


Belinda G. Miller

Municipal Court

Pierre A. Brochu


James H. Christmas

Public Works

Marvin D. Markham

Public Works

Gregory J. Stephenson


Bernard S. Embler


Ines M. Embler

Development Services

Paul F. Molinaro


Roger J. Rozen

Municipal Court

Steven A. Neal

Parks, Recreation, and Facilities

Richard M. Steffes

Information Technology

Lavander C. Hines


More info: Marietta's Human Resources Department, 770-794-5562

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