MILTON, Ga. — Courtney Spriggs, Milton Community Outreach and Engagement manager, strives to create a sense of community and help foster real relationships in an age of technology that allows us to communicate freely, but simultaneously creates distances between people.
Spriggs creates the community engagement and the relationships it creates among citizens, through community events, Milton’s volunteer organizations and by garnering interest in local retail outlets and restaurants.
“We strive to make Milton the best place to call home,” Spriggs said. “There’s a whole generation of people that will now call Milton their hometown. I want them to be proud of it and have great memories of this city.”
Spriggs’ original title with the city was public outreach coordinator, where she created and coordinated city events. She said Milton’s leaders recognized the need for building on the city’s sense of community and establishing relationships, so she stepped into her new role as Community Outreach and Engagement manager.
Spriggs continues to organize events, such as Beach Bash at Bell, the Mayor’s Run and Christmas in Crabapple, but now she also looks to get Milton residents engaged with the community beyond the special events.
Spriggs and Better Together’s Wayne Boston serve to create and coordinate Milton’s volunteer organizations such as Better Together, Village Volunteers and Milton Literary Group.
“Every program and event my department implements is done with the goal of helping people in Milton feel connected to the city, their neighbors and their community,” she said.
The relationships created among Milton residents, as well as the strong volunteer base of the community, is what Spriggs is most proud of, she said.
Before she began her current role, Spriggs said she had to learn about the administrative side of government. She had spent the previous 15 years in law enforcement.
After working stints as a patrol officer with Lumpkin and Forsyth County, Spriggs joined Milton PD in June 2013 as a patrol officer. In 2014, she began her role of community outreach specialist for Milton, and the learning began.
“It was a little bit of a challenge,” Spriggs said. “But I learned on the job by training and through graduate school.”
Spriggs took the challenge head-on and said she is honored to be a part of the Milton community.
“I am extremely grateful for a job that allows me to do what I love in a beautiful city full of people who care so much about their community,” she said. “I am proud to represent this city and partner with citizens to make Milton a welcoming place to live and belong.”
Though she is no longer in law enforcement, Spriggs still volunteers as the secretary to the board of directors of the Sgt. David P. Land Memorial Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 82, which aids officers and their families in North Fulton and Forsyth, Hall and Dawson counties.
In her home life, Spriggs said she enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with her family and friends, meeting new people, cooking, hiking, reading and CrossFit.