2006 Thomas O. Davis Award

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Charles Hammonds Receives Thomas O. Davis Award

Charles Hammond award winner
Charles Hammonds speaks to the DBA meeting after receiving the 2005 Thomas O. Davis award.
The Decatur Business Association presented the sixth annual Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award to Charles A. Hammonds. Charles retired from the City of Decatur on December 22, 2005, after serving the city for almost 20 years.

Charles came to the city first as a Codes Enforcement officer in the 1980s and took the reins of the Sanitation Department in 1990. Under his direction, the Sanitation Department maintained a close to zero percent turnover rate and workers considered it an honor to keep our city healthy and clean. Charles has been an innovator from the start. He quickly became Decatur's in-house personal computer expert and later, along with the Waste Management Advisory Board, was largely responsible for the city's enhanced recycling and pay-as-you-throw refuse collection programs. His commitment to the city and to public service is an example to all and he will be truly missed. Charles is the epitome of a public servant and his legacy will live on in those he worked with and influenced.

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. Previous recipients include Virginia Atchison, 2002; Willie Shoemake, 2003; Jennifer Ross, 2004; and Alma Fleetwood, 2005. Charles received the award from the daughters of Thomas O. Davis, City Manager Peggy Merriss and DBA President Jeff Hancock.