March is a month with many celebrations surrounding women including Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, making it the perfect opportunity to celebrate some of our female city employees! Follow along this month as we feature women from Team Thomasville through images, video, WPAX 1240 AM Stereo/103.7 FM Spotlights, and the Thomasville Insights Podcast! Below, you’ll find more information about some of the women we’ve featured this month!

Social Media Women in Leadership Spotlights

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Kim Dyke
Captain, Thomasville Police Department

My journey with the Thomasville Police Department began in April 2007 as a patrol officer. Through my career, I became a Field Training Officer in 2010 where I was in charge of training the new officers entering the profession. In 2013, I was promoted to Sergeant of Charlie team where I assisted in supervising and mentoring officers in patrol. In 2015, I was promoted to Lieutenant of patrol. In 2021, I transitioned out of patrol and into Professional Standards where I worked with our National and State accreditation and Internal Affairs. This year, I was promoted to Captain where I currently supervise and mentor the patrol division. What I have learned along the way is that working for the organization has taught me many things. I have gained valuable relationships with people throughout the organization who have assisted and helped me mold into the leader I am today. The City of Thomasville embraces the TEAM mentality, and I am proud to work for such a great organization.

Marla Giddens

Marla Giddens
Customer Payments/Accounts Recovery Supervisor, Customer Payments

I started my journey with the City of Thomasville on February 26, 1996. I was a temp employee with the Cashiering Department in Customer Service and was made a permanent addition to the Team Thomasville Family on August 12. I have spent each and every day of my career serving our customers as a Customer Service Representative in one fashion or another. Though I began in Cashiering, I have worked in Billing, Internet Support, the Call Center, and Collections. I feel that my time in each of these departments gave me the intimate knowledge of how all the pieces of our Customer Service Department fit together to serve our community. It has been a benefit not only to me but to the countless customers I have had the pleasure to serve and assist. I am truly grateful for the many opportunities I have had to serve my community and our citizens.

Black History Celebration Photo

Christine Forbes
Manager of HR & Community Relations, Human Resources

In 1995, I was a single mom who was desperately searching for an opportunity to put my degree in Human Resources Management to use. I had no experience in the field but too much education for other jobs in the community. I enrolled in a program through the Department of Children Services and from there, Kha McDonald took me on as an intern during the summer of 1995. While interning, I was able to learn a lot and get experience in my degree field. While interning, I was given the opportunity to apply for the Records Clerk position at the Police Department. Even though HR was where I really wanted to be, I still needed to crawl before I walked, and this was my chance to become employed with the City of Thomasville and work my way back to Human Resources. In 1999, I applied for and got the HR Assistant position. Once back in HR, I gained knowledge and experience in all areas of Human Resources Management. I was given the opportunity to work with Department Heads and Direct Reports in an advisory capacity and gain the trust of employees and management. During my years here, the friendships that I have formed have been very rewarding. Being able to influence others in a positive way has been very rewarding to me.

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Margaret Bryant
Administrative Assistant II, Solid Waste

I have been here at the City of Thomasville for almost 20 years now. I was hired as an Administrative Assistant I in Planning and Zoning. I received a promotion in 2007 when the Building Dept needed a new tech. In 2010, the Planning and Zoning office went through some changes, and I went to work in the HR Department under Community Relations. Later, my job morphed into a rotating position, so I worked in any department needing assistantance. This allowed me to work for the Police Department, Finance Department, Front Desk, Human Resources, Public Works, and Solid Waste. In 2013, while helping the Solid Waste Department, someone retired and I was able to walk into this position and soon promoted to Administrative Assistant II. I am here still and loving every minute of it. Here in Solid Waste, we deal with a vast diversity of people regarding their garbage and recycling needs. I think we absolutely serve the community with a group of drivers and supervisors, administrative staff that match no other. The Landfill was credited by HHNT Engineers as the best they have seen in this area! So it is with great Pride that I say YES! I am a City of Thomasville Employee! How may I help you!

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Rachel Pineda
Administrative Assistant II, Information Technology

I officially moved to Thomasville, Georgia from Roswell, Georgia during the spring of 2018. I started in Customer Care but transferred to URC at the end of 2018 after assisting with Hurricane Michael. Two years later, I transferred to the Information Technology Department. I have learned so much in my short time with the city and have come to know just about every city employee. It truly is a family environment here, and I am grateful to be part of the team.