Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn has announced his retirement effective Nov. 1. He will have provided 23 years of dedicated service to the city.
Dunn began his career with the city in 1996 as the Public Works Department’s special project manager, and was promoted to Public Works director in May 2005.
Prior to his career with the city, Dunn, a civil engineering graduate of Southern Technical Institute (now Kennesaw State University), served 31 years with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Dunn served in various supervisory positions within GDOT’s maintenance and construction divisions, retiring as district construction engineer in Cartersville. As district construction engineer, Dunn supervised all roadway and bridge construction projects in 17 counties in northwest Georgia.
Dunn’s career of public service has yielded many noteworthy projects, including construction of the Waugh Street Bridge in Dalton, for which he served as project engineer. Other significant projects Dunn supervised for GDOT included the construction of the Appalachian Highway in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties.
Dunn served two years in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam War veteran.
Outside of his career achievements, Dunn is most proud of his family, which includes his wife Dianne Cox, two children — Jason Dunn and Kimberly Fromm — and six granddaughters.
A retirement reception to celebrate Dunn will be on Friday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. The public is invited.