Staff Spotlight – Timothy Ransom
Staff Spotlight on Timothy Ransom
Team Member since March 26, 1984
Latest Achievement: 30 Years of Service
Timothy Ransom, the Planning & Development Coordinator for the Planning & Construction Division of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission, recently celebrated thirty years of employment with us. Twenty-four years of that service was spent with Glynn County government prior to the creation of the BGJWSC in 2008. He has held various positions within local government, from water & sewer improvements inspector in the mid-eighties to engineering technician until the late-nineties, but has made the most of his time in plan review for new construction.
Every week, Timothy reviews numerous preliminary and final plats, abandonment requests, site plans and record drawing, including individuals seeking water and/or sewer connections to the municipal system. Many of these are commercial and industrial connections, but he also has input into the new residential neighborhood development process. Part of his review involves guaranteeing that the increase in demand for each system doesn’t overwhelm the capacity provided by existing pipe and pumps.
Born in Norfolk, VA, Timothy’s dad served in the Navy for over thirty years, with the family transferring from NAS Mayport, VA to NAS Corpus Christi, TX and NAS Alameda/Berkley, CA, before settling in Brunswick in the mid-1960s at the former GLYNCO Naval Air Station. Having spent the majority of his adult life honing his skills as an artist in his spare time, his work schedule with the BGJWSC has also afforded him the freedom to pursue the betterment of his craft. It’s not uncommon for Timothy to utilize his vacation traveling for art shows.
It’s obvious, at times, to see the relationship between his creative side and his analysis of utility systems, especially in how he approaches plan review with scrutiny. The methodology and tools that he uses in day-to-day plan review are only effective if he is able to see within his mind how new development will affect the system. It’s a skill that is much-valued within the BGJWSC.
In an age when it is uncommon to be employed long-term with an organization, Timothy’s tenure is rare. “You must endeavor to persevere. There have been challenges over time, but I believe that over my thirty years of service, my main goal has been to ensure that the standards for construction have been delivered based on the needs and demands of the public.” Since 2008, with the merger of the City of Brunswick and Glynn County utilities, he acknowledged that competing interests have sometimes made it difficult to consistently be both tough and fair. As Timothy went on to say, “It’s unrealistic to seek perfection, but I have always strived to do what was right.”