TPD recognizes dedication of Betty Adedoyin
Betty Adedoyin considers herself a people person.
Much of her working life has been spent working with the people of Thomasville. Approaching her 20th year as a dispatcher and community liaison at Thomasville Police Department, Adedoyin still gets excited about coming to work and interacting with people in a town she grew up in.
Adedoyin's passion for her job has not gone unnoticed by the people she works with at TPD. On Dec. 8, TPD named Adedoyin as its 2012 Civilian of the Year at the annual Christmas dinner.
"I was very excited," Adedoyin said of receiving the award. "I love my job. It's such a joy working here. The award means a lot to me. It shows an appreciation to me as I appreciate my job. I'm just a humble servant."
Adedoyin, 61, came to TPD in 1993 after spending 19 years as a receptionist. Wanting a change of scenery, Adedoyin decided to apply for a dispatcher job at TPD. nearly two decades later, she spends her days as the go-between with the public and police officers, answering calls and dealing with walk-in traffic. What keeps her coming back is knowing anything can happen on any day at any time.
"It's not boring," said Adedoyin. "One minute you can just be sitting here and the next everything can just happen. It's something I enjoy doing.'
Adedoyin's expertise may be in communications, but TPD did a fairly good job of keeping her award under wraps. Aside from a few whispers, the Civilian of the Year award came as a surprise, especially when the presenter turned out to be a lifelong friend.
"What was so exciting about that is I was presented the award by Judy Younts of Crime Stoppers of Thomasville," Adedoyin, a 1969 Thomasville High School alumna, said. "She and I were classmates at THS. It was an honor to have her present the award to me having known her for so long."
TPD officers and staff nominate co-workers for the award and Crime Stoppers of Thomasville board members select the winner.
"Betty is just wonderful," Chief Jeff Insley said. "She's dedicated, warm and just a great all-around person. I'm fortunate to have her as one of our employees. She does all she can to not only serve the community but serve the folks who work here. She's a great asset to the agency."
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or email@example.com.