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City honors employee for 25 years’ service

Perfect attendance for 20 years

By Tyler H. Jones

tjones@civitasmedia.com

Mayor Jim Thornton, center, attaches a 25-year service pin to the lapel of Bernard Owens, an advanced public service associate with the city of LaGrange, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Ronnie Cantrell, a sanitation department supervisor, looks on.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_EmployeeWEB.jpgMayor Jim Thornton, center, attaches a 25-year service pin to the lapel of Bernard Owens, an advanced public service associate with the city of LaGrange, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Ronnie Cantrell, a sanitation department supervisor, looks on.

Tyler H. Jones | Daily News

LaGRANGE — City officials on Tuesday honored a public works employee for more than two decades of service to the city.

Bernard Owens, an advanced public service associate with the city’s sanitation department, was presented a 25-year appreciation lapel pin and lauded by Mayor Jim Thornton as a “faithful employee with outstanding job knowledge, job performance and work habits.”

Thornton added that Owens has maintained perfect attendance at his job for 20 years.

Owens began his career with the city as a public service associate and obtained his commercial drivers’ license before advancing to his current position.

He has represented LaGrange in the Solid Waste Association of North America truck “ROAD-E-O” competition — which he explained is an obstacle course competition for truck drivers — and received first and second place awards. In 2012, he advanced to the international competition in Dublin, Georgia, and will compete again in May.

Owens and his wife, Tammy, have one daughter, Jada.