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Derrick Williams Receives July 2024 Employee of the Month

Published Jul 9, 2024

Escambia County is pleased to recognize Derrick Williams, Housing Intake Specialist in the Neighborhood Enterprises Division of Neighborhood and Human Services Department, as the July 2024 Employee of the Month.

Williams recently celebrated 10 years with Escambia County, having begun his career in June 2014. As a Housing Intake Specialist, Williams provides customer service to prospective and current applicants for programs related to housing rehabilitation, first-home homebuyer, and community development programs. He helps applicants determine their program eligibility by verifying household income, assets, and property ownership, and works hard to ensure applicants fall within the grant program guidelines. He is homeowners’ first point of contact when inquiring about county housing programs, and his wealth of knowledge has helped many Escambia County citizens over the years. In addition, Williams performs research on properties that are being considered for rehabilitation or reconstruction assistance by reviewing public records, legal documents, and databases.

"I am truly grateful to be selected as Employee of the Month," Williams said. "Words are inadequate to fully express my sincere appreciation for being acknowledged for my hard work and dedication in serving the citizens of Escambia County. I am honored to be part of an exceptional team and appreciate the support from my co-workers who motivate me to give the best of my talents and abilities each day. I am truly fortunate to be part of such a great team. Again, thank you for this recognition."

Williams has been celebrated by his team for his creativity, hard work and attention to detail. He regularly researches the latest guidelines to ensure the department remains in compliance when reviewing applications for housing programs and looks for ways to better serve county residents. He works closely with other county departments and agencies, including the Escambia County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector as well as title companies and banks. Williams approaches his tasks with a positive attitude and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Outside of his work duties, Williams is a regular member of his church and enjoys playing the piano during services.

“Derrick is a creative and hardworking asset to our department," Neighborhood and Human Services Director Clara Long said. "He consistently accepts challenges and new projects with confidence, and his skills and expertise elevate our department to the highest of standards. Derrick works with the citizens of Escambia County each day and is always positive and friendly. I’m honored to congratulate Derrick on his well-deserved Employee of the Month recognition.”

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