Dennis Mock, Dalton's mayor, says Benny Dunn, who recently retired as director of the city's Public Works Department, is "certainly leaving big shoes to fill."
"Benny likely did more for this community, during his 23 years with Public Works, than any other individual," Mock added. "His vast knowledge, various contacts throughout the state, and his work ethic made him an invaluable asset for the city."
Dunn, a civil engineering graduate of what is now Kennesaw State University, also served two years in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam War veteran, according to the city. Dunn began his career with the city in 1996 as the Public Works Department’s special project manager.
Jason Parker, Dalton's city administrator, said Dunn's "knowledge and expertise proved to be a great resource from day one."
"He always had an innovative approach to projects and knew how to use resources to get things done," Parker said. "There was seemingly nothing he couldn't accomplish through his staff and crew at Public Works, (and) we really appreciate all that he did for the community."
The city so appreciates Dunn's service it renamed the Waugh Street Bridge the Benny J. Dunn Honorary Bridge.
The bridge, which connects a vital commuter and industrial corridor across the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, was the first bridge project Dunn managed after being appointed as a Georgia Department of Transportation project manager in 1973, according to the city. While with GDOT for more than three decades, Dunn also supervised construction of the Appalachian Highway in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties.
Dunn has also been a "dear friend" to Dalton Public Schools, said Palmer Griffin, a member of the Board of Education. "We thank (him)."
"We depended on him not only on days" with inclement weather, but "on many other days," Griffin said. Dunn "has helped most of you in ways you don't even know."
For his 23 years of service to the city, his decades of engineering accomplishments in northwest Georgia and his military service, the Daily Citizen-News names Benny Dunn Citizen of the Week.