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Smith County Employee Recognitions

Deedi Holmes was recognized during Commissioners Court on Tuesday for her 20 years of service to Smith County.

Ms. Holmes is a deputy clerk III for the District Clerk’s Office.

“We are so glad to have her in our department,” District Clerk Penny Clarkston said. “She brightens your day with her smile … and is the most dedicated employee when it comes to the people she meets on a daily basis.”

Mrs. Clarkston said Ms. Holmes shows so much respect to the people who come in to their office for help.

“She is a strong dedicated woman, mother and wife,” Mrs. Clarkston said. “She has dedicated her life to the courts.”

Jaye Lynn Collins was recognized for 15 years of service helping Smith County employees in the Human Resources Department.

“I’ve enjoyed my co-workers and building friendships…. most of all being a resource for the employees,” Ms. Collins said about what she has liked most about working for Smith County.

Human Resources Director Esmeralda Delmas said she is happy Ms. Collins is part of her team and called her a value to her department.

Ms. Collins graduated from Mineola High School in 2002. She began working part-time for the Smith County Human Resources Department October 30, 2003, and became a full-time employee a year later. She serves as the Human Resources Administrative Assistant.

She is known as the department’s “historian” for growing up in Smith County government since 1987, when her mother Tammye Markham worked for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office until she retired in 2010.

Mrs. Delmas said Ms. Collins will say she has worked for Smith County for 30 years, since she started coming here in diapers when her mother worked for Smith County.

“I hope you stay here 15 more years so you can actually be here for 30 years,” Mrs. Delmas said.

Ms. Collins is the county’s worker’s compensation coordinator. She provides employees with medical attention when needed and strives to return injured employees back to their original jobs. She coordinates the Return to Work Program, attempting to provide alternative work that meets the injured employee’s capabilities. She also posts job positions, meets with new employees and processes paperwork.

The following employees were also recognized this month for work anniversaries.

20 Years: Gail Cleaver, Sheriff’s Office (retired)

15 Years: Stephen McComb, Juvenile Services

10 Years: Carl Barker, Juvenile Services; and Joakima Bircher, Sheriff’s Office

5 Years: Henry Brown, Veteran Services; Cheryl Cardinal, Judicial Compliance; Deborah Gilmore, Adult Probation; Kevin Petty, Constable Precinct 5; Colton Sheffield, Information Technology; and Kim Hawkins, Andromelia Jones and Joshua Morgan, Sheriff’s Office.

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