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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2008

CONTACT: Joe Reardon, director
NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division
(919) 733-7366

Williamston man receives NCDA&CS Employee of the Month honor

Johnny Peele and Commissioner Troxler
Johnny Peele (left) receives a plaque from Commissioner Steve Troxler.
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 RALEIGH – Johnny Wayne Peele of Williamston was given the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employee of the Month honor this week by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Peele was honored for his long-time dedication to food safety in North Carolina. He will celebrate his 38th anniversary with the department in March.

Peele is a food regulatory supervisor for the eastern region and oversees seven inspectors. He has used his more than three decades of experience to help create a comprehensive training program in the Food and Drug Protection Division, which has been copied by many states and the federal government.

“Johnny has provided more hands-on field training for food inspectors than any other inspector,” said Larry Gabriel, who oversees the Food Inspection Program. “The vast majority of current field staff can trace a great deal of their field training to their work with Johnny Peele.”

He and his wife, Catherine, have two children and three grandchildren. He is an active member of the Macedonia Christian Church in Williamston. He enjoys woodworking and carpentry, cooking for large groups and is an avid fisherman and boater on the sounds and rivers throughout eastern North Carolina.

He graduated from Williamston High School and East Carolina University.

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