Submitted by Betty Dawson
Betty Dawson is a lifelong resident of Crenshaw County. She attended Woodford Avenue Excessive Faculty till integration in 1970. She transferred and graduated from Luverne Excessive Faculty Class of 1993. She Spent two years at LBW Group Faculty and graduated 1975 along with her AS Diploma in secretary administration. She labored at Vainness Truthful Mills, in Luverne till 1996. She attended Troy State College and graduated 1999 with a BS diploma in social work. She then obtained her social work license from the Affiliation of Social Work Boards in 2000.
Dawson labored at Barbour County DHR in Clayton and Wiregrass Hospice in Troy. Her position with these companies taught her learn how to work with weak youngsters locally and with household’s lack of a beloved one. In 2001, Dawson went to work for the Butler County Dept. of Public Well being in Greenville as a case supervisor. She was concerned with the Butler County DHR’s Multi-Wants program and was secretary of the Wholesome Youngsters program. Dawson was lucky sufficient to work with county leaders and the Board of Schooling in applications to help youngsters with behaviors and social points. At ADPH, she was skilled and licensed in household planning case administration, aged and disable waiver program, medically in danger youngsters, affected person first teen and adults care coordinator, mandated reporting, HIPAA compliance, ethic guidelines and insurance policies, Butler county catastrophe reduction/first responders, COVID-19 schooling and get in touch with tracing, Dawson retired from ADPH in July 2020 with 18 years of service.
Dawson is the widow of Jimmie Lewis Dawson. He was the primary black sheriff deputy of Crenshaw county in 1977. They’ve two grownup youngsters and 4 grandchildren. Dawson has made historical past herself as the primary black feminine to affix the Luverne Metropolis Council. She is a member and historian of Allen Lilly 700 OES, a member of St. James Baptist church the place she was secretary for 40 years. She is the top of the Seniors WeCare Ministry.
Dawson said she believes in “staying in your individual lane”, do your job nicely, and don’t intervene along with your different crew members positions, Dawson plans to be taught her place, the constituents of District 1 and the varied applications and actions of the town of Luverne. Councilman Charlie Johnson left huge sneakers to fill; she doesn’t plan to fill his sneakers however be taught all she will from his examples whereas establishing her personal position as council member.