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Sanitation Truck Driver Receives Employee of the Month

Post Date:07/31/2017 4:06 p.m.

Tommy Hollis, Sanitation Truck Driver with the Department of Public Works, is the July 2017 Dare County Employee of the Month. Public Works Director Edward Lee Mann presented Hollis with the award at the July 17, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Tommy Hollis Employee of the Month July 2017Hollis was hired in August 2015 and serves as the Sanitation Truck Driver on the Wanchese and Kitty Hawk routes. During summer months, Hollis starts his day at work at 3 a.m. and finishes around 2 p.m.

“When Tommy started working for us in 2015, we were five drivers short that summer. He spent 10-15 hours a day on his shift, learning the route, how to operate the truck, and how to drive the truck. He was committed then and now he is one of the best employees Dare County Public Works has. He’s dependable, courteous and easy going. He’s a supervisor’s dream,” remarked Mann at the presentation.

“Tommy is well-liked not only by his coworkers but he’s also well-liked by the community. He takes the time and makes sure elderly residents’ cans are out. If they aren’t out, he’ll will get out of the truck and roll them out himself. He will also get out of his truck and pick up their cans if they’ve blown over.  And he thrills little kids with a wave and toot of his horn,” said Mann.

While presenting the award, Mann read remarks from a local parents’ FaceBook post that went viral in the local community.

JJ’s favorite days of the week are trash pickup days. She’s been running out and waving to him the last year. We have the best Dare County Public Works employee on our route in my opinion. He beeps and waves and waits for us if we’re not out. She’s even gotten to pull the horn herself. One of the many small town perks.

– Annie Balance, Wanchese, NC

“Tommy is a hard worker and takes pride in his job. Tommy always waves or honks the horn if he sees you while he is dumping the trash. He always seems to be happy and enjoying his job. He is well liked in the communities he services,” remarked a coworker during the nomination process.

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