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President Sparky Reeves presented Sandy Alford with a special plaque to commemorate her service to SGTC for the past ten years.

Sandy Alford retires from SGTC
Wednesday August 6, 2014
Sandy Alford, Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) Administrative Assistant at South Georgia Technical College, has retired after a decade of service to the college. SGTC faculty and staff, along with Alford’s family, celebrated her retirement with a reception in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus recently.

“We are sorry to lose such a tremendous asset to South Georgia Tech and the Law Enforcement Academy, but we wish you the best in your retirement,” said SGTC President Sparky Reeves at the retirement reception. Alford joined SGTC in 2004 as Student Services Assistant, where she personally talked to every student who came in and handled the routing of most phone calls. In 2008, when South Georgia Technical College was chosen as one of six technical colleges in the state of Georgia to pilot a Basic Law Enforcement Academy, she became the Administrative Assistant to the Academy, working with LEA Program Director Brett Murray, Dean for Homeland Security Academic Programs Vanessa Wall, and countless law enforcement officials across the state of Georgia.

“It has been a lot of fun working here,” said Alford. “There are a lot of good people at South Georgia Tech, and I have a lot of good memories to go home with.

Alford brought a great deal of previous work experience to South Georgia Tech, having worked as a Customer Service Representative and Office Manager for Weaver-Saunders Automotive Sales in Americus and for Southwestern Sunbelt Ford. She was co-owner and Office Manager for Alford Trucking, and she also worked as an upholsterer for Caravelle Boats and for Alford’s Custom Upholstery. Additionally, she was an Insurance Representative for Baldwin Insurance Agency, and an Activities Director, Social Worker, and Receptionist for Magnolia Manor.

Before moving to Georgia, she was the Court Clerk/Acting Magistrate for the Alaska Court System, as well as a Police Dispatcher/Receptionist for the Bristol Bay Police Department in Alaska. “You might say Sandy has come full circle,” Reeves said at Alford’s retirement reception.

Alford is also a graduate of South Georgia Tech. She studied Office Procedures, Typing, and Computers from 1980 until 1982, and returned in 1995 to earn her Commercial Truck Driving certificate. In 2007, she began pursuing her Business Office Technology diploma.

Her husband, James Alford, preceded her in retirement in 2010. He served as Motorsports Vehicle Technology instructor, Commercial Truck Driving instructor, Automotive Technology instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology instructor, and Maintenance Supervisor in 35 years of service to SGTC.

President Reeves and SGTC faculty and staff welcomed Alford’s family to the retirement reception. They included Crissy and Derek Churchwell, daughter and son-in-law; Dorothy Stevens, mother; Irene and Oscar Alford, parents of husband James; Barbara Alford, sister-in-law; Terrie and Debbie Alford, husband James’ brother and sister-in-law; grandchildren Heather Grinolds, Samantha James, and Lacie Hall; and one great grandchild, Jessa Grinolds.

Alford loves her family (especially her grandchildren), sewing, painting, gardening, and serving her church.

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