2002 Thomas O. Davis Award

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Virginia Atchison Receives Thomas O. Davis Award for 2002

Virginia Atchison award winner
From left: City Manager Peggy Merriss and Virginia Atchison. At right are Susan Davis Bennett and Jean Davis Sansone, daughters of Thomas O. Davis.
Virginia Atchison received the 2002 Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award from the Decatur Business Association in January.

Virginia is a native of the City of Decatur, having grown up on Electric Avenue in the Swanton Heights apartments. She attended City of Decatur schools and graduated from Decatur High School in 1984. She began work in the Decatur Recreation and Community Services Department in June 1985 as a summer day camp counselor. In 1993 she began working as a summer day camp director and a part-time site supervisor in the after-school programs and later became a part-time program leader. In 1998, Virginia became a part-time receptionist and transferred to a full-time position in April 1999.

Co-workers and colleagues Lee Ann Harvey and Laura Gravely nominated Virginia. In the nomination it was noted that Virginia is "Decatur's own 411" and that "she offers patience and understanding to clients and co-workers alike. Virginia exemplifies customer service." The nomination also pointed out Virginia's willingness to volunteer at numerous community events. As stated in the nomination, "with her consistently pleasant manner and her 'can do' attitude, Virginia exemplifies all that is the very best in Decatur."

The Decatur Business Association established the Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award in January 2001 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.