Kevin Orange has been employed by the Town of Vinton since July 11, 2005—almost 17 years. He is a Wastewater System Operator III in the Public Works Department.
Orange does the maintenance and upkeep to the wastewater system. He also works special events such as the Dogwood Festival, the Christmas Parade, and others.
“Kevin is a true asset to our department, enjoys his job, and enjoys working for the town and serving the citizens,” said Bo Herndon, Public Works Director.
Orange was also recognized before Town Council by Herndon in July 2021 for his actions, along with those of three other employees, as they were dealing with a water main break. He and his co-workers assisted Pat Davidson, whose car had broken down on Mountain View Road. They got her out of the car, out of the roadway, and safely on her way.
Councilwoman Laurie Mullins said at the time, “This is just one incident; Public Works employees go above and beyond everyday” for the citizens of Vinton.
Each year Orange and other military veterans are recognized by the town on Veterans Day. Orange served in the U.S. Army from 1982 through 1986 with the rank of E-4. He was in light infantry and stationed in Georgia and Kentucky.
“The Vinton Public Works Department touches the lives of thousands of people every day in a very professional manner,” says Mayor Brad Grose. “The dedicated individuals in the department enhance the quality of life in Vinton by maintaining all the systems that provide safety, convenience, recreation, and a pleasing appearance in our Town. We are truly blessed to have such skilled, devoted people in the Vinton Public Works Department.”
The Town of Vinton and the Vinton Messenger are partnering to put the spotlight on Town of Vinton employees. The Town is proud to have these individuals on staff and want to make the community aware of who is “behind the scenes” making the town look great and operate so successfully.