Longtime Mount Olive Police Department Administrative Assistant Barbara Brinson has received the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s coveted Linda Murray Administrative Professional of the Year Award.
Brinson, who has been with the department for the last 35 years, became the third recipient of the annual award of professionalism.
The honor was announced last week in conjunction with national Administrative Professional Day.
The chamber presents the award, said President Kate Marston Daniels, to a deserving individual to acknowledge that individual’s “invaluable team member” role.
“Barbara is a vital employee of the Mount Olive Police Department, and the department could not function the way it does or should without her,” Mount Olive Police Chief Tommy Brown said of Brinson in his nomination.
She makes the day to day operations of the department “go smooth and ensures everything is run as it should” be, he said. “As the Chief of Police, I would truly be lost without her. I can never thank her enough for all that she does and all the support she gives to me and all the officers under my command. Barbara Brinson is truly an angel in our department.”
Brinson’s husband, Willie, is Chief of Police at Wayne Community College and is a former member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.