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County employee named statewide Man of Year
Keep Georgia Beautiful honors Dave Sapp
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From left: Lynn Cobb, executive director of Keep Georgia Beautiful; honorree Dave Sapp, Carolyn Crayton, KGB board member; and Phil Foil, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. - photo by KGB photo
Dave Sapp, director of the Liberty County Solid Waste Authority, was presented the Man of the Year “Steve Reynolds Award” on Oct. 25 during the 29th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium.
The program honors the organizations and individuals who work to improve Georgia’s environment.
The award is given to a man who has shown a “lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands. This award is dedicated to a volunteer or an employee who excels beyond his normal job description.”
Sapp, who has been with Liberty County since 1987 and with the Solid Waste Authority since 1999, was humble when asked how he felt about the award.
“Quite honestly, I was very overwhelmed by the award but at the same time I was honored to have received it on behalf of the citizens of Liberty County,” said Sapp.
Bob Sprinkel, assistant county administrator, said Sapp is most deserving of the award.
“I’ve known Dave for 10-15 years. He is a straightforward, honest, great guy. There’s nobody else in Georgia more deserving than Dave is,” Sprinkel said.
Sara Swida, director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful, also felt strongly about Sapp receiving the honor.
“We decided to nominate Dave because he’s been such a tremendous supporter of solid waste issues and Keep America Beautiful issues,” she said. “ I think one of the most striking things for me is that we’ve had 60 or more cleanup and beautification projects in the past year and Dave has been to at least 90 percent of those.
“He doesn’t just stop by to say hello, he works as hard as everyone else does,” Swida said.
Keep Georgia Beautiful, created in 1978 by then Gov. George Busbee, became the first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
The mission of KGB is to “build and sustain community environmental activities and behaviors resulting in a more beautiful Georgia.”
For more information about Keep Georgia Beautiful or to see a complete list of the 2007 winners, visit
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