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Sanitation Truck Driver Tom Hollis Named Employee of the Year

Post Date:01/09/2018

Tom Hollis, Sanitation Truck Driver with the Department of Public Works, is the Dare County Employee of the Year for 2017. He was presented the award at the January 8, 2018 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and was recognized for his outstanding service to all those he serves.

Ashley Jackson, Social Worker III on Hatteras Island with Department of Health & Human Services and the 2016 Employee of the Year, presented the award to Hollis after recognizing all the Employees of the Month for 2017. Hollis was nominated by numerous coworkers and his nominations included copies of a local parents’ FaceBook post that went viral in the 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.”  Amie Ballance, Wanchese


“I’d like to thank everybody that helped me earn this award as well as my coworkers and everyone who works with me. I’m just a small piece of the puzzle,” remarked Hollis following the award presentation.

Hollis 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,” said former Public Works Director Edward Mann.

“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.


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