County honors long time employees


Smith County Facility Services Director Ed Nichols was honored during Commissioners Court on Tuesday for his 10 years of service to the county during the commissioners’ regular weekly meeting on Tuesday (July 31).

Nichols began working for the Facility Services Department as an electrician/maintenance man a decade ago, and also worked as a supervisor before advancing to directing the department in February 2017.

When he took the new role, Nichols had a plan on how to lead the department, and has done it all with a good attitude, County Administrator Leonardo Brown said, citing Nichols’ exemplary service mentality.

Nichols thanked the Commissioners Court for having faith in him to lead the department. He also thanked the taxpayers for allowing him to serve Smith County, and he thanked Brown for helping him in his leadership role.

Nichols grew up in Longview and graduated from Gilmer High School. He started his career as an electrician while serving four years in the U.S Marine Corps.

From 1999-2003, he served in Japan and North Carolina. He has done electrical work in the residential, commercial and industrial fields.

As Facility Services Director, Nichols oversees the department’s more than 20 employees, who care for and maintain the county’s 25 buildings and grounds.

Juvenile Services

Also during court on Tuesday, Gussie Wallace was recognized for her 10 years of service with Smith County Juvenile Services.

Juvenile Services Director Ross Worley said she came to Tyler from New York, started working for his department as a detention officer and now works as a residential officer for the H.O.P.E. Academy. “She does a wonderful job,” he said.

The Helping Others Pursue Excellence Academy is a six-to-nine-month residential program for male juvenile offenders, focusing on behavior modification and family/parent relationships and vocational training.

Tax Office

Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber recognized Temekia Scott for working five years in the Tax Office.

Scott works at the front counter in the property tax department.

Barber said she is there at work every day with a smile on her face.

“She is a pleasure to work with,” he said.

Willie Williams recently retired after working 30 years for the Smith County Road and Bridge Department. He was not in court on Tuesday to be recognized.

Additional employees celebrating work anniversaries in July include:

10 Years: Denise Roberts and Sean Parrish, Adult Probation; Kethie Minter, Road and Bridge; and Christopher Harris, Sheriff’s Department.

5 Years: Adam Chambless, Sheriff’s Department.


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