Valdosta Public Works Heavy Equipment Operator Ray Brown recognized as August Employee of the Month

Valdosta Mayor, Scott James Matheson, and Public Works Director, Richard Hardy honored Heavy Equipment Operator, Ray Brown as the August 2020 Employee of the Month at the Aug. 6, City Council meeting. Brown received a framed certificate, a check for $200, and his name appears on a plaque in City Hall.

Ray Brown began his employment with the City of Valdosta in December 2016 and currently holds the position of Heavy Equipment Operator in our Residential Trash Division. Ray is responsible for driving a truck and trailer equipped with a hydraulic scoop and lifting arm to remove yard debris for residents along his route.

The nomination for Brown was submitted by a Valdosta Resident in regards to his mother who lives on Brown’s route. The following comments were submitted to the city by the resident:

“Ray Brown drives the route that passes my parents’ house on Park Ave. My mom used to walk every day for her exercise until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on outdoor and group activities were in place. During this time, she has maintained social distancing and her usual physical activity by working in the yard. She has been working in her yard every day since COVID started. During this time, she has had a pile of yard debris at the road every week. Mr. Brown is her regular yard pick-up man. She has spoken about him to me every week since she embarked on this routine. She has nothing but praise for the man. Mr. Brown calls my mother by name and is always pleasant in conversation with her. He is seemingly always positive and in a good mood. She looks forward to his weekly chat while he loads up her weeks' work and then moves down the road. My mom has sung praises of Mr. Brown and his competency with the hydraulic arm on his truck. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Brown after helping my mom with a project at her house. Mr. Brown pulled up to the house, set up, and removed the yard debris from her yard within minutes and with no damage to the ground under the pile. I was impressed by the skill with which he was able to collect that debris. Mr. Brown exhibits the kind of attitude we should all have when we come to work each day. He also provides the kind of personalized customer service that genuinely makes a positive difference in our interactions with the public. His reliability, quality of work, disposition, pleasant and positive attitude when dealing with members of the public deserve to be recognized.”

The City of Valdosta applauds Ray Brown for his dedication, exemplary work ethic, and for being named the August 2020 Employee of the Month.

For more information please contact the Public Information Office at or 229-259-3548.