City of Memphis employee Jean Pierre Soucy receives 2010 Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Award
City of Memphis Division of Public Works employee Jean Pierre Soucy was recently honored by the Rotary Club of East Memphis as the recipient of the 2010 Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Award. The award, which is named after long time Probate Court Clerk Bobby Joe Dunavant, is presented annually to one non-elected official and one elected official in Memphis and Shelby County for their commitment to public service.
An employee of the city of Memphis Public Work Division for 31 years, Mr. Soucy was nominated for the award by his coworkers for his commitment to service, outstanding work ethic, positive attitude and overall friendly demeanor.
“While some employees perform to achieve personal glorification, others are achievers by nature and perform for no other reason than to serve others. Jean Soucy is one such person. Please join us in congratulating Jean for receiving this tremendous honor and for his continued service to the citizens of Memphis,” said Public Works Division Director Dwan Gilliom.
Mr. Soucy began his career with the city of Memphis at the T. E. Maxson Waste Water Treatment Facility. While there, he developed the city’s first composting initiative, which eventually evolved into a citywide yard waste processing program and facility. He later became Compost Manager in 2001 and continued to serve Memphians well beyond the scope of his post.
Most recently, Mr. Soucy expanded his public service by accepting a new position in Public Works managing the city’s yard debris and bulky item collections. As well, he supervises the delivery of garbage carts and recycling bins to two annexations, coordinated 36 public mulch give-a-ways, and has volunteered for various community events – such as the Great Outdoors Festival and Memphis in May.
Jean is a dedicated husband to his lovely wife Beth.
Bobby Joe Dunavant was widely known for his tireless commitment to public service. Upon his untimely death in 2003, family, friends and members of the Rotary Club of East Memphis felt that others with similar dedication should be recognized for their efforts in his name. Previous recipients of this prestigious award are Mayor A C Wharton, Memphis Housing Authority CEO Robert Lipscomb; the late Senior City Attorney Dorothy Ostradker, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and Memphis City Councilman Bill Boyd.