2003 Thomas O. Davis Award

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Willie Shoemake Receives Thomas O. Davis Award for 2003

Willie Shoemake award winnerThe Decatur Business Association has presented the 3rd annual Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award to Willie Shoemake, a buildings maintenance crew supervisor in the Sanitation & Facilities Maintenance Department.

Shoemake has been a full-time employee of the City of Decatur since 1975. He came to work as a part-time employee in 1974 after graduating from Decatur High School in 1973. He began as a custodian at the Recreation Center. Through the years he has served as a laborer and then a crew chief before he was promoted to his current position as crew supervisor.

In addition to his regular job, Shoemake referees basketball and umpires baseball for the Recreation Department. He works on the cleanup crews for all the DBA events and festivals.

When the award was presented, City Manager Peggy Merriss said, quoting from the nomination: "Willie Shoemake is the epitome of a public servant. He is reliable, dependable, and consistent. What makes him special is his enthusiasm for his work. He encourages others on his team and pitches in whenever and wherever needed."

The nomination also noted, "Willie Shoemake goes the extra mile willingly and without reservation. He sets high standards and reaches them day after day after day. He embodies a true public servant."

The DBA established the Thomas O. Davis Award in memory of Thomas O. Davis, Decatur's city attorney from 1968 until his death in 2000. The first award was presented to the family of Thomas O. Davis in January 2001. The second award was presented to Virginia Atchison in 2002.