Trio honored for 30 years of service

Published 9:45 am Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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Troup County held its third quarter service awards during the Board of Commissioners work session on Tuesday morning honoring a trio of county employees with three decades of service.

Thirty-year service awards were given to TCSO Capt. Derwin Brewer, Troup County Firefighter Corey Jones and Clerk of Courts Jackie Taylor.

Brewer began his career in law enforcement in 1993 as a jailer at the Troup County Jail. After gaining experience he began working on patrol and in court services in State and Superior Court, said TCSO Major Keith Flory.

Brewer quickly rose through the ranks of corporal and sergeant and is now the Captain of the Juvenile and Civil Division for the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Troup County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the community, are blessed to have such a dedicated individual,” Flory said.

Major Flory said he and Brewer started back together in the jail, and he is proud to have worked alongside him throughout the years.

Firefighter Corey Jones was also recognized for his 30 years of service to Troup County.

Jones, the youngest of four siblings, was born and raised in Troup County and began his career with the Troup County Fire Department in 1993. 

In addition to serving with the Troup County Fire Department and running his father’s business, Brewer serves as a child advocate at Twin Cedars.

Over the past 30 years, Jones has enjoyed every minute of his work, serving and collaborating with some of the county’s finest individuals, Troup County Fire Chief Michael Strickland said.

“As fire chief, I definitely commend your service to the department. You always have a smile on your face and a positive attitude, and I appreciate that,” Strickland said to Jones when presenting the award.

The third 30-year service award went to Taylor.

Taylor began serving the citizens of Troup County in 1993 as Chief Deputy Clerk for her mother Ramona Ward, who was clerk at the time. Taylor was elected Clerk in 2000 and has served as Clerk of Superior and State Courts for more than two decades.

Employees within the clerk’s office said they call her “the working clerk” because her car can nearly always be found in the courthouse parking lot, and sometimes at all hours of the day.

Larry Nommensen was given his 25-year service award. Nommensen started his career with Troup County in August 1998 as a building maintenance technician and was promoted to facilities maintenance manager in 2012, which he has served since.  

Troup County Firefighter/EMT Patrick Smith was also recognized for 25 years of service to the Troup County. Smith was born and raised in Troup County. He attended Troup High and LaGrange College. He has been a Troup County Fire Fighter/EMT for 25 years. 

Troup County Deputy Sheriff Terri Wood was recognized for 20 years of service but could not attend the award ceremony.

Fifteen-year service award recipients include TCSO Sgt. Chase Darden, TCSO Capt. Randy Mobley and Aging Services Director Dan Wooten.

Ten-year service award recipients include TCSO Deputy Brandon Long, Asphalt Supervisor Mark Peak, Transit Coordinator Assistant Marsha Veal, Assistant County Manager Jay Anderson, Accountability Court Coordinator Hill Daniel and Deputy Marshal Michael Hockett.

Five-year service award recipients include Venessa Griggs, Jennifer McDaniel, Tonga Rutledge, Gary Wood and Demetris Boykin.