The Georgia Department of Veterans Service is launching a new Employee of the Quarter program to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of GDVS staff serving Georgia’s veterans and their families.  

“We are excited to launch this new program and celebrate the achievements of our staff,” said GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “We value and appreciate their service and dedication to Georgia’s veterans, so this is a new way for us to say thank you for all they do.”

The new program is open to GDVS staff at all levels and is intended to highlight their exceptional accomplishments. Employees are nominated based on the recommendation of their supervisor for their teamwork, customer service, communication, accountability, and performance. The final selection is made by the Commissioner of Veterans Service.

Commissioner Roby selected the late Kimberly Williams, an administrative assistant in the GDVS Appeals Division, as the department’s first Employee of the Quarter. Ms. Williams passed away earlier this year.

“We are proud to present the family of Ms. Kimberly Williams with the very first Employee of the Quarter certificate. We could think of no one more deserving of this honor,” said GDVS Commissioner Roby.

Ms. Williams joined the GDVS in 2017. She was an integral part of the Appeals Division, providing support and connecting veterans with timely, friendly, professional service as they navigated the veterans appeals process. She was best known for her cheerful personality and her deep love of helping veterans.

“Kim was a light in our office, always leaving a ray of sunshine behind her,” said Appeals Division Director Shelly-Ann Simpson. “She shone so brightly and always managed to brighten not only our days, but every veteran who called our office.”

“Kim was a member of our family,” said Appeals Division Assistant Director Edwin Berry. “She shared so much of herself with us and with Georgia’s veterans.”

The department continues to hold her family in our thoughts. We are privileged to have known her and to have had her help assisting Georgia’s veterans and their families. The loss of Ms. Williams is felt deeply by the entire GDVS, though she will never be forgotten.

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For more information on the content of this news release, please contact the GDVS Public Information Division at 404-656-5933 or gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us.