CANTON — The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday is set to honor a longtime employee of the county’s courts.
Commissioners are scheduled to make a proclamation of recognition Tuesday night for Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Court Administrator Lynn Epps, a county court employee of 22 years, who is credited with helping to start the DUI Court and contributing to the successes of the court system as a whole.
Epps was made Court Administrator in February to oversee operations for both state and superior courts in the Blue Ridge Circuit, which serves Cherokee County, and officials say she didn’t get to that high position without being deserving.
Chief Superior Court Judge Jackson Harris said Friday that the longtime employee worked her way up the ladder from her beginnings as a court reporter and is an asset to Cherokee County.
“When I assumed the role of Chief Judge this year, one of the first acts I took was to get with the county and bring Lynn on as Superior Court Administrator,” Harris said. “We’re really fortunate to have Lynn come on board this year. She brings good experience because she’s been in so many roles.”
Harris said the move to shift Epps in that role is paying off for the county.
“Good court administration helps us to better serve the public and consequently save tax dollars,” he said.
State Court Judge Alan Jordan said Friday that, like Harris, he has known Epps since she’s been with the court system, and even the offenders who have come through the DUI court, which she was previously director of, appreciate her efforts.
“I don’t think you’ll ever hear anybody say anything bad about her,” Jordan said. “We always have (offenders) do reviews of the people who are in charge of the (DUI court) program. They get to say what they think about us. And Lynn’s ratings are always 100 percent.”
Solicitor General Jessica Moss agrees that all are thankful for the veteran employee.
“At the (DUI) court graduations I have attended, many of the participants take a moment to thank ‘Miss Lynn,’ as they call her, for all of her work with the program,” she said.
Moss, who took office about a year ago, said in the brief time she has known Epps, she has been a great help.
“Lynn helped me tremendously as I began my tenure as Solicitor General,” Moss said. “She has always been available to help me whenever I had a question or concern with the operation of State Court. As the Court Administrator for the court system, she works hard to make all the courts run smoothly and efficiently.”
Epps was also given the Champion of Highway Safety award from the governor’s Office of Highway Safety in recognition of her work with the DUI and drug courts.
Epps said Friday she is thankful to be honored by the Board of Commissioners.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed,” she said. “It was certainly nothing I anticipated.”
Jordan said it’s “something we probably should’ve done a long time ago.”
The Board of Commissioners will also:
• Consider approval of a construction contract with low bidder Massana Construction, for completing bridge repairs on the Tripp Road Bridge over Mill Creek in the amount of $358,051. A second bid was received from Sunbelt in the amount of $606,280;
• Consider approving a purchase of 15 new patrol cars for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office from Akins Dodge and Hardy Chevrolet in the total amount of $514,520;
• Approve the purchase of three pumper apparatuses for a total amount of $1,048,077 from Fire Line Inc. for the Fire Department; and
• Consideration a proposal for Northside Hospital-Cherokee to provide $75,000 for conference center audio-video upgrades for a four-year extension to the Conference Center Naming Partnership.