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Sanitation driver earns Strongest Link Award from county

Troup County’s Strongest Link Award is typically handed out during a board of commissioners meeting with an audience.

However, the county’s March version of the award was announced Tuesday and went to Troup County Sanitation Driver Cleveland Carter. Because of COVID-19, the board of commissioners is hosting meetings virtually from different parts of the county, so the county posted a photo of Cleveland on Facebook with County Manager Eric Mosley and Wesleigh Whittle, the administrative assistant for the Troup County Human Resources Department, who typically announces the award.

According to Troup County Convenience Center/Litter Coordinator Shane Morris, Cleveland is the type of employee who will find a way to always get the job done.

“Mr. Carter’s motto is, ‘I’ll make it happen.’” He accomplishes everything we need daily without hesitation,” he said. “He’s a great asset to Troup County. We really appreciate everything he does.”

Mosley said the sanitation employees in Troup County are the frontline workers that provide critical resources to the general public.

“Our sanitation employees provide a vital role in our community, as a lapse in sanitation would impact the majority of citizens in Troup County as a whole,” he said. “Since COVID-19 has struck our community, we have continued to provide essential sanitation services throughout the community.”

According to the county, the Strongest Link Award is how it recognizes its employees each month. The social media post said it goes to a “deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride and other noteworthy accomplishments.”

“Cleveland, we sincerely appreciate all the hard work, dedication and loyalty that you have put into Troup County,” the post from the county said. “You have proved that you are, “The Strongest Link.”