By Mitch Talley Whitfield County Director of Communications
Striving toward excellence and always willing to go the extra mile, Missy Williams of the Tax Assessor’s Personal Property Division has been named Whitfield County Employee of the Month for December.
“Missy is excellent in her dealing with numbers in this office for their correctness, consistency and uniformity of assessments among taxpayers,” said Trammell Suddeth, chief appraiser. “She is always eager to learn and eager to apply and better herself and this department in a very positive, productive, uncomplaining manner. She is a very good employee with a good attitude.”
Suddeth said Williams is very courteous and professional in dealing one-on-one with taxpayers and comes to work on time and has a great work ethic once there.
Williams is very involved in the community and with her son’s high school activities, including Dalton High School sports.
“She is a giver, not just a sponge or a mere taker,” Suddeth said. “But she not only is one to share her time and effort, she is a giver of herself as well. She was willing to share with her employer in monetary support to the County Employee Recognition Luncheon as well as she secured and acquired most of the donations for the door prizes for the luncheon. She was invaluable to Jennifer Jones in our most recent mobile home update and has learned to be very proficient in the use of the county GIS. She knows many of the business community/taxpayers on a first name basis which is very beneficial and helpful to this office.”
To let local residents learn more about her, Williams filled out the following fun survey.
Name: Melissa Brown Williams (aka Missy).
Job: Administrative tech, Assessor’s Office Personal Property Division.
Time with the county: Hire date Oct. 24, 2011.
Where I went to school: Southeast Whitfield High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
My role as a county employee: Clerical, data entry — anything that is asked of me as long as it helps my fellow co-workers or our community.
What keeps my job interesting: Every day is a new adventure; love the people I work with.
What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job: Knowing that every task is done to the best of my ability and on time.
The most important thing I’ve done on the job: Being a part of the Whitfield County Employee Recognition Luncheon and helping honor so many deserving employees.
Where I grew up: Dalton, Ga., and proud of it!
Family: Kelly Williams (husband), Bradley Griffith (son), Andrew Williams (son) and Jennifer Williams (stepdaughter).
After work, I enjoy: Watching TV and going to high school football games.
Community activities: United Way activities, Special Olympics golf and sporting activities at the local schools.
Favorite TV show: “Mom,” “Mike and Molly” and anything on HGTV.
Favorite sport: Football.
Favorite music: Country.
Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: Lisa’s Cafe; proud mom of the dishwasher, Andrew Williams.
Favorite Whitfield County event: United Way Chili Cook-off. Shannon Chandler’s chicken chili is the bomb.
Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: Francis Bryant, my mom and dad.
I’m most proud of: My word. My word is everything; it is all I have in this life.
Pet peeve: Second-hand smoke takes my breath away.
If I’ve learned one thing in life it’s: A lesson I have learned from my dogs: sometimes you have to kick a little grass on things and move on.
Who has had the most impact in my life: My parents, Earl and Doris Brown.
Personal goals I have accomplished or would like to accomplish: I would love to learn to quilt, salmon fish in Alaska and jump off a waterfall in Jamaica — a girl’s gotta dream!
If I could have been in any profession of my choosing, I would have been a: I love working with numbers and feel I am exactly where I should be, accounting and working keying values.
You would be surprised to learn that I: Was Dalton-Whitfield Junior Miss in 1982. Laugh out loud. That was a lifetime ago!
If I could have two wishes: To be able to get a glimpse of heaven to hug my family and friends that have passed. My second wish I would give to my husband because he is always giving to me.
Anything else you’d like to say: I am thankful for the opportunity to work for Whitfield County, and our Personal Property department rocks!