New se­nior di­rec­tor

New Se­nior Ser­vices Di­rec­tor named as Josephine Brown re­tires

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­news.com

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

San­dra Brands | The Cov­ing­ton News

Josephine Brown is re­tir­ing af­ter 45 years with Newton County Se­nior Ser­vices.

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