WAKE FOREST — Mark Williams, Wake Forest town manager, named former street supervisor Jon Ray as the town’s 2013 employee of the year. Williams made the announcement Friday during the town’s annual employee Christmas luncheon.
Ray began working for the town in 1999. He passed away in November, making him the first town employee to ever receive the award posthumously.
Ray’s wife, Sarah, and son, Brandon, attended the luncheon and accepted the award. Upon hearing Williams’ announcement, the approximately 200 town employees, elected officials and volunteers in attendance responded with a rousing standing ovation.
Referencing a famous quote by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, Williams said Ray, “achieved excellence on the job while striving for perfection.” At the conclusion of his remarks, Williams also announced he was renaming the “Employee of the Year Award” to the “Jon Ray Award” in honor of Ray’s outstanding commitment to his job, co-workers and community.