North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 496)
Karilyn Greene and Nicole Jackson, both with the City of Thomasville in Human Resources, joined host John Ray LIVE at SOAHR 2022. They shared their excitement to be at the conference, their work in Thomasville and all the city offers its employees, their experience with SHRM-Atlanta, and much more.
This show was originally broadcast live from SOAHR 2022, the annual conference of SHRM-Atlanta, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on July 27th and 28th, 2022.
City of Thomasville, Georgia
Thomas County was formed in 1825 by legislation introduced by Thomas J. Johnson, owner-builder of Pebble Hill Plantation. One year later, on December 22, 1826, a location was established for the new county seat, Thomasville. The city and county are believed to have been named for Major General Jett Thomas, a member of the State Militia during the war of 1812. Without a railroad until 1861, Thomas County residents became largely self-sufficient. Agriculture was diversified and business methods were modernized. As the terminus for the railroad, Thomasville was accessible from the north and, during the late 1800s, became known as the “Winter Resort of the South.” In the beginning of this era, Northerners and other visitors came to Thomasville for their health, breathing the pine-scented air as a curative for pulmonary ailments. They were soon joined by friends to enjoy hunting, fishing, and an active social life, including golf, horse racing and bicycling. Thomasville came to represent the best of Southern hospitality with the lavishness of the resort lifestyle.
Thomasville’s luxurious hotels regularly hosted America’s wealthiest families as their guests. Once they discovered that it cost less to purchase land than rent hotel rooms, these wealthy families bought property and built grand Victorian mansions and plantation homes. Many of these plantations are still owned by the families who built them and are visited year-round. Many of the “winter cottages” built during the 1880s have been lovingly restored and are included on the Historic Walking and Driving Tour of Thomasville’s Historic Districts. Although the grand hotel era ended with the extension of the railroad into southern Florida, Thomasville and Thomas County have continued the long-standing tradition of cultural and economic diversity and the preservation of the area’s rich heritage.
City of Thomasville Human Resources
Karilyn Greene is the Benefits and Wellness Coordinator and Nicole Jackson is the Human Resources & Community Relations Specialist for the City of Thomasville.
The HR staff provides personnel services to employees, and applicants through recruitment, staffing, organizational and employee development, training, policy development and implementation, compensation, performance evaluation, employee events and employee relations. Employment information is available on our 24-hour job line: (229) 227-7019 and at hrjobscityofthomasvillega.com. The HR staff has affiliations with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Georgia Local Government Personnel Association (GLGPA) and the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA).
The staff works with the Thomasville Police Department and Thomasville Fire Rescue to coordinate several neighborhood and community events throughout the year to promote goodwill and community engagement.
Their Community Oriented Revitalization and Education (CORE) events offer food, fun and education through events.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- Karilyn Greene and Nicole Jackson’s roles at City of Thomasville
- Benefits package for city employees
- Events for the community
- Their individual career paths
- Their experience with SHRM-Atlanta
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