New senior director
New Senior Services Director named as Josephine Brown retires
Josephine Brown passes the torch as she retires from Newton County.
At a luncheon held in her honor, Josephine B. Brown, the Executive Director of Newton County Senior Services, symbolically turned over the keys to her office and announced the names of the new Director and Assistant Director.
Freda Reed, current assistant director, was named the director of senior services. The new assistant director is Theresa Williams.
Brown, who is retiring after 45 years with senior services, told guests at the luncheon that the senior center was her baby. “When I leave, I don’t want it to fall apart,” she said.
Then spotlighting the staff’s work, Brown said, “We are a team and we work together as a team. We support each other in the up moments, and support each other in the down moments.
“I’m relinquishing the keys to my office to the next director – Freda Reed,” she said, adding she wanted to leave the senior center to those with compassion for the elderly.
Reed said she had known Brown for 45 years. While worked at C. R. Bard, Reed began volunteering at the center, getting to know the director. When a job opened up, Brown encouraged Reed to apply.
“She has been my mentor, my mother, and a great boss,” Reed said. “She showed me what patience was; she showed me what humility was; she showed me what it meant to love one another. She’s been an inspiration.”
Reed said she had worked with Brown for 15 years.
The 74-year-old Brown was further honored when Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis announced the senior center had been renamed to the Josephine B. Brown Senior Center. The chrome letters of the sign shine over the reception window in the lobby of the center.
When the sign was revealed, Brown burst in to tears, overwhelmed and pleased with the honor.
(Brown) showed me what patience was; she showed me what humility was; she showed me what it meant to love one another. She’s been an inspiration.” — Freda Reed, New director of senior service
Josephine Brown is retiring after 45 years with Newton County Senior Services.