Decatur Salutes Greg White
2011 Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award recipient
Greg White has been the cornerstone of Decatur's Recreation Department, now Active Living Department, for the last seventeen years. He came to the city with an ingrained “can do” attitude that he brings to every task he undertakes – and he approaches those tasks with a smile and encouragement for others along the way. He currently holds the title of Active Living Director. However, titles in this case do not do justice to the duties Greg performs for the City.
In addition to developing active living programs, overseeing athletic programs, being the unofficial park, pool and dog park guardian, serving on committees, and building community essential partnerships, Greg has gone far and above the typical job description in his service as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator. The program is a partnership with City of Decatur Schools and encourages children and parents to walk or bicycle to and from school with safe predetermined routes. The program also provides bike training for the fourth graders of the school system. Greg has been more than a coordinator for the safe routes program, he has been the example. Greg no longer uses his car to conduct city business or attend meetings, instead, he rides a bike.
Greg has been an advocate for and worked tirelessly at our many festivals and events. He can be found helping with children’s activities at Earth Day, the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival, Children’s Arts Festival, parades, and more. His personnel file is filled with accolades, notes and recognition such as “Community Champion” saying “he gives of his time and himself without expecting anything in return.”
Greg White is a model for all to follow. He personifies what the recipient of the Thomas O. Davis Public Service Award must be to honor the legacy of Mr. Davis.
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.