Jimmy Wilson has helped children grow during his 28-year career at Smith County Juvenile Services.
Wilson has worked for years as a senior officer, ensuring the safety and security of the children housed at the Juvenile Attention Center, as well as the staff.
He starts each day at work with a cup of coffee and a conversation with the juveniles. He tells them what the plan is for the day and shares some words of God. “It’s about talking to them about what’s right and wrong in God’s eyes,” he said.
Wilson said he tells them that their situation won’t last and to think about what they are going to do and how they will help somebody when they get released. “It’s all about helping people,” he said.
During Commissioners Court on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Wilson was recognized for 20 years of service.
Juvenile Services Director Ross Worley said although Wilson has worked full-time for Juvenile Services for two decades, he also worked part-time for eight years.
Wilson began working part-time in 1988, taking children on field trips, to church, to the gym and other activities in the Adventure Program. In 1996, he began working full-time as an officer, overseeing the kids housed at the Juvenile Attention Center.
“I feel as if I’m helping the kids to grow,” Wilson said. “I’m doing what God knows I should do … helping people.”
Worley said Wilson took him under his wing when he became director of Juvenile Services and showed him the ropes.
“He’s a great officer, he’s a great cook and he’s a great friend,” Worley said. “Congratulations, Jimmy, on 20 years.”
Wilson said it is the kids he has enjoyed most about his career. He has adults come back years later to tell him that he helped them.
“Whatever you do in life, keep God first,” Wilson said. “If there’s a problem, talk to God about it … Put Him first and everything else will work out some way.”
ROAD AND BRIDGE EMPLOYEEES RECOGNIZED
Two Road and Bridge employees were also honored by the Commissioners Court for their decades of service to Smith County.
Tom Jaynes was recognized for 30 years of work and Bennie McGee for 25 years.
Jaynes, an equipment operator, began working for the Road and Bridge Department on May 7, 1986. County Engineer Frank Davis said he is a very dependable employee and is a pleasure to be around. He likes to bring treats for the ladies in the office, he added.
McGee is a foreman and began working for the county on June 3, 1991. He is also very dependable and is always quick with a joke, Davis said. “He has a good attitude and is a good person to be around,” he said.
Additional employees receiving service recognitions this month include:
20 Years: Karen Hisel, District Clerk’s Office.
10 Years: Tommy Parham, Road and Bridge; Roy Goodman, Leonard Spurling and Jennifer Stockwell, Sheriff’s Department.
5 Years: Bryan Jiral and Lucas Machicek, District Attorney.