Chatham County earns several statewide safety awards for 2018

Pittsboro, NC – For the sixth straight year, Chatham County received several top awards from the NC Department of Labor for outstanding safety practices and even exceeded last year’s result. For calendar year 2018, Chatham County received 10 Gold Awards and two Silver Awards.


Chatham County’s Safety & Risk Manager Marilyn Grant (left) accepts Chatham County’s many 2018 Safety Awards from the NC Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry.

“We have four departments that have earned six consecutive years of Gold Awards, an amazing accomplishment,” said Chatham County Safety & Risk Manager Marilyn Grant. Others have won the Gold Award for three and four straight years.”

The Department of Labor’s awards program recognizes private and public entities that achieve and maintain good safety records. To qualify the county had to verify for each award that the department had no fatalities and maintained an incident rate at least 50 percent below the average for its industry group. 

County Manager Dan LaMontagne said, “Our office is very happy to see consistent improvement every year. We have a great safety and risk leader in Marilyn Grant. Could not be prouder of all the recognized departments.” 

Chatham County’s awards for 2018 are:

  • Sixth Consecutive Year Gold – Library System, MIS (Management & Information Systems), 911 Telecommunications, and Tax Office
  • Fourth Consecutive Year Gold – Chatham County General Administration, which includes Board of Elections, County Manager’s Office, Finance, Permit & Inspections, Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Planning and Soil & Water Conservation 
  • Third Consecutive Year Gold – Water Utilities, including treatment plant 
  • First Year Gold – Department of Social Services, Solid Waste & Recycling, Parks & Recreation, and Facilities Management 
  • Sixth Consecutive Year Silver – Health Department
  • Second Consecutive Year Silver – Sheriff’s Office